A woman delivered a baby girl at the MP’s Itarsi railway station on Monday after she went into labour while travelling on the Satna-Itarsi express.
This is the fourth case in less than a week when a pregnant woman had to go through painful experience of delivery. In this incident, an ambulance arrived in time to shift the mother and her baby to a hospital.
Shobha Vishwakarma, 28, was travelling with her husband Prakash to Itrasi. Seeing her in pain, other women passengers assisted Shobha to deliver the baby in a makeshift arrangement.
“Shobha was accompanying me. We had some work at Itarsi. As soon as we got down from the train, she went into labour. Other passengers came to our rescue and made a tent of sarees hurriedly. She delivered our daughter on a railway foot over bridge,” Prakash said.
A call to 108 ambulance service promptly elicited a response and the mother and daughter were safely shifted to the government hospital in Itarsi.
Three cases were reported within a week where pregnant women were carried on a tractor, on a cycle and even had to walk in labour to reach a hospital or a health care centre.
A few days ago, a tribal man cycled for 6 km to take his pregnant daughter at a health centre in Chhatarpur district after the 108 ambulance did not turn up. Another pregnant woman was taken to hospital in a cultivator pulled by a tractor after she went into labour in Rewa district. A heavily pregnant woman trudged 6km of unpaved road and waded across a muddy canal before taking a taxi to reach a community health centre in Chhatarpur district.
(With inputs from Shailendra Diwedi)