Ambulance strike continues; woman delivers on way to hospital

Bhubaneswar/Keonjhar: With the ‘108’ ambulance employees’ strike entering the third day today, a woman gave birth to a baby on the way to hospital in the absence of the emergency service vehicle in the district yesterday.

The pregnant woman, a resident of Kotpada village under Anandpur police limits in Keonjhar, complained of labour pain following which family members called the ‘102’ ambulance, but the call was reportedly diverted to 108.

Due to the ongoing strike, no government vehicle reached the patient and the family members ultimately hired a private car to take the woman to hospital.

She delivered the baby at the Anandpur bus stop before reaching the health centre.

Meanwhile, the striking ambulance workers warned the government of continuing their agitation.

“We had demanded a salary of Rs 12,000 earlier. Bu now we have come down to Rs 9,000. Still, neither the company nor the government is paying any heed to our legitimate demand. The government can not threaten us by invoking ESMA. The strike will continue until our demands are fulfilled,” an agitating employee said.

On the other hand, the state government has decided to provide emergency service with the help of contractual workers.