Ambulance fails to arrive, Odisha woman delivers baby in auto rickshaw

Mayurbhanj: A woman in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha gave birth to a baby midway in an auto rickshaw while being transferred to the hospital.

The case reported from Phulbadia village under Morada block of the district has once again exposed the lacunae in healthcare service delivery in Odisha.

According to reports, family members of one Sulochana Mahanta of the village contacted ambulance services as her water broke.

According to sources, Sulochana’s family members kept calling and waited to get some assistance, but as the ambulance did not turn up, she had to be transferred to the nearby hospital through a private auto rickshaw.

During the journey, Sulochana reportedly gave birth to a baby girl. Later the mother and her child were admitted to Kishantandi hospital where both are stated to be in good condition.