Sans ambulance, woman delivers baby on foothills

Nuapada: In another glaring mockery of the tall claims made by Odisha government on health care infrastructure, a woman was forced to deliver baby on the foothills of a mountain at Samatpur village in Nuapada district after ambulance failed to reach her.

As per reports, the family members of the woman called an ambulance after she experienced labour pain. As the ambulance could not reach the patient due to lack of motorable road, the family members decided to carry her down the hills on a cot.

After covering a distance of nearly 2 kms, the woman delivered a girl child on the foothills. With no other option to shift the woman to the hospital, her family members again took her back to their house located on the top of the hill.

The condition of both the woman and her baby is said to be normal.

Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Jyotsnarani Patnaik, on the other hand, said a detailed inquiry will be conducted to ascertain when the call went and why the ambulance could not reach the patient.

“Appropriate action will be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” said Patnaik.