RAYAGADA: A Pregnant woman had to deliver on road in Kalyansinghpur block of Rayagada district after 102 or 108 ambulances failed to turn up. Indubati Bachha of Palligaon village under Sunakhandi panchayat went into labour early on Monday morning and her husband Abhimanyu called up the ambulance services several times but to no avail. He along with three of his family members then decided to hire an autorickshaw and take Indubati to Kalyansinghpur Community Health Centre (CHC).
After preliminary round of examination, the treating doctor at CHC Lakmikant Sahoo referred her to District Headquarters Hospital in Rayagada as Indubati was eight-month pregnant.
However, instead of going to Rayagada, the woman and her family members were forced to return to their village as the BJD workers had blocked the road protesting the fuel price hike. After covering 21 kms in the autorickshaw, Indubati asked the vehicle to stop as she developed severe contractions and labour pain. She delivered a baby girl on the roadside. The mother and newborn were then rushed back to the CHC. While the newborn has been admitted to the Special Newborn Care Unit, Indubati is undergoing treatment in the CHC. The baby girl was born underweight at 1.9 kg.
Health worker Pratima Nayak, who had accompanied the family from the village, said the ambulance service did not turn up even if the road condition was fine. The district administration had recently launched bike ambulance service to bring pregnant women from inaccessible villages to the nearest health centres for delivery. In another case on Monday, Hundadi Kadraka, a tribal woman of Tevapada under Parsali panchayat of Kalyansinghpur, was carried in a sling by her relatives from her village to Kalyansinghpur CHC, 12 kms away, after she complained of abdominal pain.