Woman in labour pain walks one km to reach ambulance in Odisha

102 could not reach the woman’s house due to the road damaged by rain

Published: 29th July 2017 08:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2017 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Family members help Kasturi walk to the ambulance at Murlabai village | Express

By Express News Service

NABARANGPUR:A pregnant woman of Murlabai village under Nandahandi block in the tribal-dominated district had to walk through 1 km of muddy road to get an ambulance after she  experienced labour pain on Friday morning.

The woman, Kasturi Jani, complained of labour pain following which the family members called up 102 ambulance service. However, the ambulance could not reach the woman’s house due to muddy and damaged road.

Sources said after the ambulance reached near Godavaguda village, locals asked the driver to bring the vehicle to Murlabai. But the vehicle got stuck midway due to the muddy road and could not proceed further. Later, the villagers tried hard and pushed back the vehicle to the spot near Godavaguda village.
Finding no option, Kasturi was asked by her family members to walk a distance of 1 km to reach the ambulance. She was brought to Dongarbheja Community Health Centre where she delivered a baby boy. The condition of the woman and the baby is stated to be stable, hospital sources said.

Sources say there are 375 villages in remote areas of the district which are deprived of all-weather roads. The villagers of Murlabai had boycotted the last panchayat elections demanding all weather-road to their village. Blaming politicians for their plight, the villagers alleged that during elections, the leaders give assurance to construct all-weather road, but till date, nothing has been done in this regard.

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