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Dilip Kumar

Kalyansinghpur: The tall claim of Odisha government providing quality healthcare services have fallen flat once again after a pregnant woman was carried in a sling for around four kilometres to reach ambulance in absence of non-motorable road. The incident took place at Godibali, a tribal dominated village under Kashipur block here in Rayagada district on Monday.

According to sources, Kointa Majhi of Godibali village developed labour pain on late Sunday night following which family members called up '102' ambulance services.

The emergency vehicle failed to enter the village in absence of motorable road. The driver parked the vehicle at a place 4 km away from the patient's village and walked alone in deep dark to reach her.

Some women, ASHA helped the Ambulance driver carrying the woman in a sling and covered a distance of four kilometres to get Ambulance.

The scene turned more pathetic when they covered the entire stretch of hilly terrain amid deep darkness with the help of mobile torch.

Later, the ambulance took her to a Primary Health Centre at Mandibishi under the same block, which is 15 km away from the village.

The woman delivered a baby son on Monday morning. Doctors said that both mother and the newborn are doing well in the hospital. They will soon be discharged, they added.

The instance of such cases is not new to the State as similar incidents continue to grab headlines at regular interval.

Last week, a man suffering from diarhhea had been carried on a bullock cart for five km to the ambulance as the vehicle could not reach the village due to lack of pucca road in Chandahandi block of Nabarangpur district.

The government had launched the '102' ambulance services exclusively for pregnant woman with much fanfare. But, it is evident from such kind of incidents   that the delivery mechanism is still to take shape.


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