Sharmili Mallick

Ganjam: Going by the deteriorating healthcare services in the State, it seems the Odisha government has failed miserably to provide even basic medical facilities to the people in the interior areas as yet again a pregnant woman was carried on cot due to absence of motorable road to a village in Ganjam district.

The woman, a resident of Ganiapalli village under Pratappur panchayat in Jagannath Prasad block complained of labour pain at around 10 pm yesterday.

As per sources, her family members immediately called up 102 ambulance but the vehicle halted around one kilometre away at Balimela village, due to the bad roads.

As the woman’s condition continued to deteriorate, her family members, with the help of a few villagers placed her on a cot and carried her for one km to reach the ambulance.

From there, the ambulance took her to Bhanjanagar hospital where she reportedly delivered twins. The health condition of both the babies and mother is stated to be stable now.

Condemning the incident, former MP Baijayant Panda tweeted, "A heartbreaking sight. Till when the people will have to bear the brunt of negligence by authorities? No roads, no ambulance, no basic healthcare facilities. Is this the Odisha of our dreams? Is this what Biju Babu envisioned?"