Ambulance fails to turn up, Odisha woman delivers baby in tractor

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nabarangpur, Oct 9:

A tribal woman in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district today delivered a baby in a tractor as ambulance did not turn up in time.


According to reports, an expectant woman— Belanti Majhi— from Thipapani village under Umerkote block in the district had to be taken in a tractor trolley after delay in arrival of ambulance.

Though the village ASHA worker dialed 102 and 108 ambulance services, it did not reach them on time.

“102 and 108 ambulance service was dialed since 6 am but they got late to arrive at the service. Following this, we had to take the woman in a tractor,” ASHA worker said.

The woman in labour pain had a harrowing time travelling in a tractor trolley through the bumpy kuccha roads.

“When we called up 102 ambulance service, we got the response that there was no ambulance in the hospital as it had gone somewhere else to drop a patient. They said that the request has been transferred to 108 services. We decided to take the patient in our conveyance till the ambulance reaches as it was already late,” a relative of the patient said.

The roads were not motorable and the vehicle had to travel through nullah, river and difficult terrain risking the life of the woman. However, the woman delivered a baby girl before reaching the hospital, even arrival of the ambulance.

The woman and the newborn were shifted to the ambulance mid-way to cover the remaining distance to the hospital.

“When the patient was admitted, she was anaemic for which necessary treatment was provided. She was out of danger and subsequently discharged,” a doctor said.

While the instances of pregnant women being carried on cots have become a common sight, it has once again pointed fingers at the implementation of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) in the state.

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