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Woman delivers baby on roadside as ambulance services fail to respond

The call to 108 and 102 ambulance services got disconnected, and no call was returned, Azia’s mother-in-law Gulabi Devi said.

lucknow Updated: Aug 05, 2017 00:12 IST
Smriti Malaviya
Smriti Malaviya
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Family members also called an Asha worker for help, but she too did not turn up.(HT FILE PHOTO)

A woman delivered a baby boy by the roadside on Thursday morning after lying in pain for hours as her family members received no response from the state’s ambulance services or passersby in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad district.

Azia, resident of Attrauya village in Uttaraon Saidabad, was later admitted to a private hospital in Saidabad where her condition is said to be stable.

As per reports, Azia, who is in her late twenties, had labour pains late on Wednesday night.

Her family members called 108 and 102 ambulance but the call got disconnected after the first ring. Azia’s mother-in-law Gulabi Devi said they did not receive any call from the service after that.

Family members also called an Asha worker for help, but she too did not turn up.

After waiting for hours, Azia’s mother-in-law, sister-in-law Guddi and other women from the neighbourhood decided to take her to the nearest road, hoping to get a lift from a passing vehicle to a hospital. They waited for about three hours, but couldn’t stop any vehicle till 5 am on Thursday.

Azia then delivered a baby boy by the road with the help of the women accompanying her.

Later, she was taken to a hospital after she suffered from complications.

When contacted, chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Alok Verma said he inquired into the matter and also sent a doctor’s team to conduct a check-up of the woman and her newborn baby.

All calls related to 108 and 102 ambulance services are received by a call centre in Lucknow.

“This call was also received by the call centre but was not forwarded to Allahabad due to which the ambulances failed to reach the place,” he said.

“I have issued a notice to the district coordinator of 108 and 102 ambulance services in Allahabad as well as Lucknow to provide all the details of the time, date and number from which Azia’s family members made a call.

“Even if the centre had not received the call or it got disconnected, then call details must be registered on their computer. We will be taking out the details so that action can be taken against the person for neglecting this call,” Dr Verma said.

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 00:12 IST

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