Devbrat Patnaik

Kalahandi/Koraput: Yet again making a mincemeat of the tall claims made by the State government on infrastructure and healthcare facilities in rural pockets, a pregnant woman was carried on cot in the absence of ambulance services in Nagapada village under Jayapatna block of Kalahandi district on Monday.

Reportedly, the condition of expectant mother became critical after she accidentally fell down in her house. Though the village is 3 kms away from Jayapatna, the family could not avail ambulance services. Reason, one has to cross a 'bridge-less river' to reach the village.

Left with no other option, they carried her on a cot and fixed a tarpaulin over it to protect her from the rains. The family members were however assisted by a few villagers, who helped them wade through the waist deep river and reach nearby hospital.

It is pertinent to mention here that the villagers have not exercised their franchise in the last two elections as their demand for a bridge over the river has remained unmet for years.

Meanwhile in Koraput district, a patient from Karikone village under Narayanpatna block was carried on cot to hospital due to lack of motorable road.

A few days back, another pregnant woman was carried on a stretcher by her family for few kilometres and made to cross Udanti River to reach a hospital in Nuapada, after failing to avail an ambulance due to non-motorable roads.