Carried on cot woman dies after delivering a stillborn in Odisha

In yet another shocking incident, a tribal woman who was carried on a cot to reach ambulance died.

Published: 19th September 2016 05:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2016 05:39 PM   |  A+A-


Dhaneya Hanshabansha being shifted to Kalyansinghpur Community Health Centre in a cot before her death on Monday. (EPS)

RAYAGADA: In yet another shocking incident, a tribal woman who was carried on a cot to reach a 102 ambulance died after delivering a stillborn in Rayagada district on Monday, exposing the quality of healthcare services available in remote areas of the State.

The woman Dhaneya Hanshabansha (32) of Ghagudimala village under Kalyansinghpur block succumbed on her way to the  district headquarters hospital (DHH). She was being shifted to the DHH as her condition deteriorated after delivery at Kalyansinghpur Community Health Centre (CHC).

Sources said, Dhaneya's husband called up the emergency 102 ambulance service, which could reach up to a location, nearly two km away from the couple's house. Her family arranged a cot and rushed her to the ambulance which ferried her to the CHC in a serious condition.

At the CHC, Dhaneya delivered a stillborn and her condition deteriorated due to excess bleeding. Though the woman was referred to the DHH, she succumbed on the way. Family members of the deceased alleged that she could not be shifted to the hospital in time as the ambulance failed to arrive at their doorstep which resulted in the fatality. She was in severe pain since it was a premature delivery.

Her expected delivery date was December 7. Locals of Ghagudimala complained about the absence of a motorable road to the village which has deprived them of emergency services when needed.


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