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Sharmili Mallick

Koraput: Frequent incidents of pregnant women and patients being carried on cots and slings owing to non-motorable roads and lack of transportation facilities in several pockets of Odisha, have certainly revealed the ground reality of the health care delivery system in the State.

In yet another incident, a pregnant woman was carried on a cot due to absence of proper road connectivity to Debasandhagura village under Nandapur block in Koraput district.

On Thursday, when the woman complained of labour pain, her family members immediately called up 102 ambulance services. However, medical services could not be availed as the vehicle failed to reach them due to the absence of a motorable road to the village.

Without any alternative, the woman's family members along with some villagers carried her on a cot and waded through a stream and hilly terrains to reach the ambulance, which was stationed some two kilometres away from Debasandhagura village.

She was immediately rushed to Nandapur Community Health Centre (CHC) in the ambulance where she is undergoing treatment and stated to be stable now.

Earlier on November 11, an expectant mother of Laxmipur Kutukajhola village in the district was carried on a cot by her family members and relatives for 3 kilometres to reach Laxmipur Community Health Centre.

It may be noted that in September last, bike ambulance service was launched in the remote areas of Koraput to boost the health care delivery mechanism in the district. The government has provided eight bike ambulances to be used for patients in Dasmantpur, Naryanapatana, Bandhugam, Laxmipur, Lamataput, Kundra blocks. However, the service has remained non-starter in absence of drivers.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)


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