Lack of basic facilities including education and healthcare still remains a distant dream for the villagers of Bidarpakhana in Malkangiri district of Odisha. Unavailability of ambulance kills a newborn on Sunday.
To utmost disappointment, family members of an expectant mother were forced to carry her on a cot to take her to a hospital after she developed labour pain. She was carried on a cot for six kilometers for the delivery of her child. When she delivered, the child could not live for long and died.
According to a report in OrissaPost, the family had contacted ASHA workers and tried to connect to an ambulance after the mother developed labour pain on Friday evening. The bell was ringing but no one answered the call. Disappointed members decided to carry the mother on a cot to take her to the hospital.
With the help of other villagers, she was taken to the Badapoda panchayat and shifted to Chitrakonda community health centre (CHC) with the help of an ambulance of Border Security Forces (BSF).
She delivered a baby boy there who died soon after in the CHC. The woman’s condition deteriorated after the delivery and was shifted to Malkangiri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).