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Odisha: Pregnant woman crosses river on relatives’ shoulders, inquiry ordered

The woman was carried in a stretcher that her relatives put on their shoulders and waded through waist-deep water of a river in Rayagada district of Odisha.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2017 20:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bhubaneswar
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The family members of the woman allege that they had phoned for an ambulance but it was not available.(Representative image)

Odisha government on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the incident of a pregnant woman who was forced to cross a river in a stretcher which her relatives carried on their shoulders for delivering her child at a hospital in Rayagada district.

“We have ordered the district health authorities and the district collector to inqure into the incident and submit their reports. Action will be taken as per the findings of the inquiry,” health and family welfare minister P K Jena told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

The woman gave birth to a baby girl at Kalyansinghpur community health centre (CHC) Monday evening and the condition of the mother and child is stable, he said.

Anku Miniaka(30) of Talasaja village under Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district went into labour on Monday. Her family members alleged that they had phoned for an ambulance but it was not available.

“Left with no option, we carried her in a stretcher on our shoulders and walked 2 km,” one of the family members said.

They had to wade through Nagavali river whose water was waist deep, he said.

After crossing the river, the family members found a mobile health vehicle of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram in which she was taken to Kalyansinghpur community health centre (CHC) where she delivered a baby girl in the evening.

There is no pucca road to the village nor a bridge on the river.

The district collector said steps are being taken to construct a bridge over the Nagavali river under Biju Setu Yojana to provide connectivity to Talasaja village.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 20:46 IST