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Mahaprayan, ambulance failure in Odisha: Body carried on rickshaw, baby delivered in auto

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Bhubaneswar: Even after launching of Mahaprayan scheme, 108 ambulance, it appears to have failed with a series of incidents reported from across Odisha. Due to failure of ambulance service, a father had to carry his son’s body on his own rickshaw for funeral and an expectant mother delivered a baby in auto rickshaw.

Such incidents show clear picture of functioning of the welfare schemes launched by the state government for people.

Many a time, several reports are doing the round about human and administration’s apathy towards body of a person after death. This time, the Mahaprayan scheme failed in Rajkanika in Kendrapara district where a father carried his son’s body on his own rickshaw towards crematorium for last rites.

According to reports, Janmejay (18), son of Nirod Jena of Kalikapur village under Rajkanika block was suffering from fever in past few days. After his condition deteriorated on Friday, he was brought to Rajkanika community health centre where the doctor declared him dead. As the ambulance was not available in the hospital, father Nirod had called for 108 ambulance service to carry his son’s body. However, he was denied to avail the service at that time.

After waiting for three hours for the ambulance, Nirod along with his family members finally pulled his rickshaw for 3 km putting his son’s body on it towards crematorium.

This is the second incident reported in the block where carrying son’s body by father on shoulder had hit the media button in December last year.

Another incident of 108 ambulance failure took place in Balianta yesterday on outskirt of Bhubaneswar, where an expectant mother delivered a baby in an auto rickshaw while being taken to the hospital.

According to reports, Manasi Sahoo, wife of Tulu Sahoo of Bhelurihaat village in Bainchua panchayat was taken to Balakati community health centre after she suffered labour pain yesterday morning at around 9 am. Her family had called for 108 ambulance service to take the patient. After the ambulance did not reach the home, they took her in an auto rickshaw to the hospital, from where she was shifted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar. However, the doctor on duty sent her to home saying that it is earlier for delivery.

After she reached home, she again suffered labour pain. She delivered a baby boy in an auto rickshaw midway while being taken to Balakati community health centre. Even after delivery, the family called for 108 ambulance to take the patient and the newborn to the hospital, but did not avail the service.

In a similar incident, another expectant mother had to face hardship for motherhood in tribal district Nabarangpur yesterday. The pregnant woman was carried on a cot upto 3 km after the ambulance did not reach as there was no road connectivity to the village.

The incident took place Bharuamunda village under Jharigaon block where Dushmant Majhi had called for the 102 and 108 ambulance service after her wife Shanti (23) suffered labour pain at 10 am. After the ambulance did not reach, he hired an auto to take his wife. However, the auto travelling toward the village to bring the patient halted midway near Haladigundi Hatapada due to poor road condition. Having no option, the family had to carry Shanti on a cot to the place where the auto was halted and took her to Ichhapur primary health centre where she delivered a baby boy.