Ambulance failure: Health Minister orders probe

Bhubaneswar:  State Health Minister Pratap Jena on Wednesday ordered a probe into the incident of a pregnant woman being carried on shoulders by family members allegedly due to 102 and 108 ambulance failure in Rampara village of Nabarangpur district.

The minister further ordered a departmental inquiry into the failure of the ambulance service in this incident.

“A thorough investigation is required over such negligence. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against those who are responsible,” said Jena.

According to the claims of Damani Gond’s family members, she complained of labour pain on Monday following which the 108 and 102 ambulance service was called. But as the vehicles did not arrive, she was carried by them for nearly three kilometres and then taken to Umerkote Community Health Centre (CHC) by booking a private vehicle, the family members said.

Damani gave birth to a baby boy in the CHC. The condition of both mother and son was said to be safe.