KENDRAPARA: A 14-year-old boy of Padanipala gram panchayat under Aul block of Kendrapara district has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide healthcare facilities in his village.
In a letter to Modi on Sunday, Subhama Mallick, a student of Class X of Padanipala High School, wrote that his 74-year-old grandmother Sampad Mallick has been suffering from fever for the last one week but as the village is surrounded by river Kharosotra, his family members are unable to shift her to Aul Hospital, 3 km away.
The village remains cut off from the mainstream during monsoon and people depend on rickety boats to cross the river.Subhama wrote that the village needs a bridge over the river. Healthcare is non-existent in the village and “we are deprived of minimum health facilities, thanks to the gross negligence of authorities concerned,” he pointed out.
He further wrote that although the villagers have approached government officials several times in the past to construct a bridge, they have not paid heed.Sub-Collector Kanhu Charana Dhir said the State Government has recently decided to start boat ambulance service for the convenience of the people living in riverside villages of Kendrapara district.