RAYAGADA: Lack of timely medical help cost the life of another pregnant woman in Rayagada district on Monday. The woman, who was first carried on a cot and then in an ambulance, died after delivering a still born baby.
According to sources, the woman, Dhaneya Hanshabansha (32) of Ghagudimala village under Kalyansinghpur block, developed labour pain in the morning. Her husband called up the 102 ambulance service. As Ghagudimala does not have an approach road, the ambulance could not reach the village and was stationed two kilometres away.
Dhaneya’s husband and other family members decided to carry her on a cot to Giriyaguda nullah where the ambulance was waiting. She was taken to Kalyansinghpur CHC where she delivered a still born baby. As Dhaneya bled profusely and her condition deteriorated, doctors referred her to District Headquarters Hospital at Rayagada town. She died on the way to Rayagada.
ASHA worker Bisalaya Tejibansha, who accompanied Dhaneya to the hospital, said she was anaemic and had undergone blood transfusion a few months back. Further, this was a premature delivery as the expected delivery date was December 7.
Rayagada administration had recently launched a project ‘Ama Sankalp’ to bring down Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).
A Dongria Kondh tribal was also carried by his relatives on a sling tied to a wooden pole for eight kilometres before he boarded the same ambulance that Dhaneya took. The tribal, Karshika Drinja of Paramali village under Parshali panchayat, has been admitted to Kalyansinghpur CHC.