A tribal woman on Wednesday delivered a stillborn baby on road near a bus stand in Jhabua district while travelling to Gujarat with her husband.
Leelabai, 25, and her husband Kalu Singh, 27, of Dur village left for Gujarat in search of livelihood on Wednesday. After travelling about seven km, they reached Kundanpura village.
Heavily pregnant Leela went into labour when she and her husband were waiting for a bus at Kundanpura bus stand, which is just in front a sub-health centre.
As her condition started deteriorating, some women came forward to help her, witnesses said. As her husband started pressing her lower abdomen, Leela delivered a baby girl, who was later declared born dead.
The woman refused to get admitted to the sub-health centre and returned to her native village.
District chief medical and health officer AK Sharma said under Janani Suraksha Yojana all expecting mothers were registered with nearby public health centres to get regular counselling and other antenatal care.
Sharma said the case of Leela was different as being nomad, like many tribal in the area, she and her husband shifted their base time to time in search of livelihood.
During preliminary investigation, it was found that Leela got pregnant while living in Gujarat and she might have registered under JSY in the neighbouring state. It could be a reason that health workers in her native village failed to monitor her.
Notably, it was Leela’s eighth pregnancy. As her uterus was very week, she already lost her seven children before this.