Govt claims of quality healthcare fall flat in Mayurbhanj as ambulances elude the needy

Mayurbhanj: The hopes of the people of Mayurbhanj and adjacent districts have dashed after nothing has changed in the area even after establishment of a Medical College and Hospital as patients and expectant mothers continue to suffer in absence ambulances.

As per reports, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital at Baripada was dedicated to the people of Odisha by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on September 6, 2017.

Health Minister Pratap Jena had then assured that the government will provide motorcycle ambulances, 108 ambulances and Mahaprayan vehicles and other adequate facilities as per the demand of the district administration.

Surprisingly, it’s more than a year now and people still are seen running from pillar to post just to avail an ambulance.

In a series of incidents due to ambulance failure, the first tragedy that was reported was just three months after Jena assured of ambulance facilities in the district. Unable to get an ambulance, a woman delivered a baby on the road side in Khetrapatana.

In another incident, a man carried the dead body of his son from Baripada Hospital to his house after failing to get a Mahaprayan vehicle.

Another incident was reported in the district when a youth, who was rescued after drowning in a pond, died because of ambulance failure. The locals had later staged a protest by carrying the body on a cot.

These are not the only instances as many more lives were lost because of the deteriorating health care services with people crying foul about the lackadaisical attitude of the state government.

As per reports, the district administration had earlier given a proposal for 25 bike ambulances for interior areas of the district. However, CDMO, Anil Kar stated that they are yet to receive bike ambulances.