Rayagada, Sep 21: Another incident of apathy was reported from Rayagada district in Odisha on Tuesday where a man had to carry his pregnant wife on his shoulder as the ambulance failed to reach on time. The husband carried his pregnant wife to a pick-up point from where an ambulance took her to a Community Health Centre (CHC). The hospital was about four kilometers from the village in Rayagada district.
The woman named Bangari Praska of Kansharikhala village in Odisha complained of acute stomach pain. Seeing her condition, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and anganwadi workers called for 108 services asking for an ambulance. Even after repeated calls, the vehicle reached after two hours.
Seeing her condition getting worse, Bangari’s husband Sambaru Praska took her on his shoulder and walked one km to a road point near Kesabuniguda. It was here where the ambulance ferried her to the hospital which was about four km away. As per medical reports, sources say that Bangari is also an anaemic patient. In another similar incident that took place on Monday, a tribal woman from Odisha’s Ghagudimala village under the same block who was carried on a cot to reach a 102 ambulance had died after delivering a stillborn baby.(ALSO READ: Odisha horror: Tribal woman carries body of kin in trolley-rickshaw due to lack of transport facilities)
Similar incident was reported from Odisha’s Jajpur district. A tribal woman was denied a mortuary van for her kin and had to take the body in trolley-rickshaw due to lack of transport facilities. Another shocking showing pitiable condition of Indian hospitals was reported from Chhattisgarh’s Korba district where a pregnant woman, carrying a dead fetus died of infection as doctors refused treatment because she was unable to pay the said amount.(ALSO READ: Odisha ‘body horror’ recurs: Parents of ailing daughter forced to get down from ambulance midway after child loses breathe)
Earlier this month, a couple faced apathy from ambulance drivers in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. They were allegedly forced to get off the ambulance after their seven-year-old daughter died while reaching the hospital. An incident that took place in Rajasthan’s Kherli village, a man waited with his dead wife for nearly two and a half hours for the ambulance to arrive.