Rojalin Mishra

Malkangiri: Once again the sordid condition of rural infrastructure in Odisha was exposed after a pregnant woman who was being carried on a cot, delivered a baby on the roadside in Malkangiri district. The shocking incident was reported from Padalput village under Nilakamberu Panchayat of the district today.

The woman had to be carried on a cot for 5 kms as ambulance failed to reach her due to absence of motorable roads in the village, sources said.

As per reports, one Samari Khara of Padalput village complained of labour pain in the morning today forcing her family members to seek immediate medical attention. Though they called an ambulance, it stopped 5 kms from the village due to lack of motorable roads.

As Samari’s condition deteriorated, her family members decided to carry her to the ambulance on a cot. However, Samari delivered a baby girl on the roadside. Later the woman and the newborn were rushed to the Balimela CHC in the ambulance and their condition is stated to be stable.