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Ambulance turns maternity ward in Barwani

Animesh Jain  Barwani, July 31, 2013
First Published: 11:14 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:21 IST(31/7/2013)

A 25-year-old tribal woman gave birth inside a 108 ambulance while she was being taken to Sendhwa civil hospital from village Sildad on Monday.

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It is the sixth instance within a month when a woman has delivered inside the ambulance.

Pramila gave birth to a boy while she was being taken to the civil hospital.

in the delivery. Hygienic disposal delivery kit, which is available in all the 108 ambulance vehicles, was used for the safe delivery.

Within minutes, the delivery was over and the driver proceeded towards the hospital,” block medical officer (BMO) Dr JP Pandit said. Both mother and son are doing well, said official sources.

Dr Pandit said, “Hygienic disposable delivery kits or trained health workers aren’t available with Janani Express, unfortunately most of the time drivers have to rush the pregnant woman to the hospitals.”

This was the sixth case in the month July when delivery took place in an ambulance. Earlier, Bhurli Bai (village Kalapat), Nirma Bai (Shahpura), Fundli Bai (Kusmi), Thawli Bai (Navalpura) and Rekha Bai hailing from Jhopali also delivered in ambulances while being taken to the civil hospital of Sendhwa.

Out of six, four deliveries took place inside Janani Express while the other two infants were delivered inside 108 ambulances.

Dr Pandit confirmed that six deliveries have taken place inside 108 or Janani Express in month of July. He said in all cases mother and infants were doing well and added that due to lake of awareness and illiteracy in tribal dominated blocks, people don’t inform health department or ambulance services within time.

“They inform the ambulance services at the eleventh hour,” he said.

Dr Pandit said he has instructed the staff for regular inspection of villages to find out pregnant women and gauge the approximate time of delivery.

The kin of pregnant women are being given important contact numbers as well.

Timely information will ensure safe birth in hospitals, Dr Pandit said.


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