Patient in Odisha carried in sling due to unavailability of ambulance

Rayagada: There seems to be no improvement in basic infrastructure in remote areas as patients continue to face hardship in seeking emergency medical services in Odisha.

In one glaring example, a patient had to be carried in a sling for nearly 8 kms before he was shifted to the nearest hospital. The incident has been reported from Paramali village under Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district.

According to reports, the family members of Phuluka Sikaka had to shift him to the Kalyansinghpur Community Health Centre in a sling after his condition deteriorated.

Sikaka was not keeping well for the past few days and his hands and legs developed swelling yesterday. Though the family members called up an ambulance, no emergency vehicle was available in the region.

With no other option, the family decided to carry Sikaka in a sling to the hospital.

Sources said that the only 102 ambulance is out of order and is lying defunct since last two months.

Not only Sikaka, several other people, mostly pregnant women, continue to suffer either due to absence of proper road connectivity or lack of ambulances in different parts of the State.

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