Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Betnoti, Jan 13:

Once again questions have been raised on the efficiency of the Janani Suraksha Yojna as a tribal woman died in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district after the ambulance fails to reach on time.


According to reports, Kuni Kisku’s husband Bhajan called up 108 ambulance as his wife was in distress due to labour pain yesterday evening. The couple from Saitupr village under Baisinga police station limits in the district was restively awaiting the arrival of the government-provided service to admit her to Betnoti Community Health Centre (CHC).

When the ambulance did not arrive, the family members took the help of an ASHA worker who assisted in the delivery at Kisku’s home. After delivering a baby boy, the woman became unconscious due to profuse bleeding.

As the ambulance service did not respond despite repeated calls, the family contacted the district headquarters hospital, about 40 km away from the village.

The woman was carried to the CHC after the ambulance arrived two hours late. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctors at the healthcare centre.

A case of unnatural death has been registered and the incident is being probed, Dhiren Chandra Nanda, Sub-divisional Police Officer of Betnoti said.

On the other hand, District Project Manager of National Health Mission (NHM), Deepak Kumar Sahu said that the incident was being probed and appropriate steps would be taken.