Sharmili Mallick

Berhampur: Absence of motorable roads and lack of bridges across several streams in remote areas of Odisha continue to haunt people depriving them of timely healthcare services in the State. On Saturday, another incident of a pregnant woman being carried on cot was reported from Ganjam district.

According to reports, Hiramani Nayak of Kaduabada village under Patrapur block in the district suffered labour pain yesterday morning following which her family members decided to take her to hospital.

However due to absence of a motorable road to the village, the family members, with the help of some villagers, carried her on a cot and walked for 15 kilometres to reach Talakuandhala.

Later, she was rushed to the Patrapur Community Health Centre (CHC) from Talakuandhala in a government vehicle and later shifted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur after her condition deteriorated.