Two newborn baby girls die in absence of ambulance

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2018 11:29:05



Small children and women in labour pain have to face a lot of difficulties in absence of basic facilities

Our Correspondent

Humanity was outraged with the death of two newborn baby girls in absence of basic amenities, road and ambulance in Gram Panchayat Madhuban under Patthalgaon block.

The woman groaning in labour pain did not get Mahtari Express on time. Then she rushed to hospital in a private vehicle but it also got delayed due to poor road condition, resulting into death of her two newborns.

In absence of basic infrastructure and facilities, the hapless woman lost her two newborn baby girls.
On experiencing labour pain, her relatives gave phone calls for Mahtari Express but it did not arrive. Then the family members hired a private vehicle but it also got delayed due to bad road conditions. Struggling hard, the family members reached hospital too late. Doctors ensured safe delivery but could not save the lives of two newborn babies. The woman’s life could be saved. The family members rued that if the woman could have got treatment on time, the lives of both newborns could also have been saved.

This is the second such incident in ten days in Kotba. Before this incident, an old man Raturam, resident Bantola village under Gram Panchayat Farsatoli, died in absence of transport facilities.

Recently, a woman Tara Srivas, wife of Devdhar Sriwas (28), resident of dependent village Korvabahar was seven month pregnant. The hamlet is situated just five kilometers away from Kotba. On Tuesday morning, Tara Srivas experienced labour pain. At that her husband Devdhar was in Kotba at his shop. On getting information, he rushed back to his home. He dialled for 102 Mahtari Express but the ambulance could not arrive.

Anyhow Devdhar hired a vehicle and reached his wife to the hospital. The road is flooded and it has potholes at different places. The vehicle got stuck in the mud and potholes. Due to muddy road and potholes, the ambulance took three hours to cover five kilometer distance to reach Kotba community health centre. When the woman reached the hospital, her condition got deteriorated. The family members were shocked to listen that the lady doctor Dr Shakuntala Nikunj was on leave for 15 days.

Seeing the woman’s condition, centre in-charge Harnarayan Sahu did the treatment. Dr Sahu informed that the two baby girls had already died in her stomach. If the woman had got the treatment on time, the lives of both newborns could be saved.

The Primary Health Centre has shortage of doctors and in absence of basic facilities, residents have to go outside for treatment. Emergency services are not available. Small children and women in labour pain have to face a lot of difficulties.

According to information received from villagers, the hamlet has no approach road. Despite repeated complaints, road was not constructed.

Raturam, the old man had been suffering for a long time from heart problem. On August 19 morning, his condition deteriorated. The relatives in absence of road, got Raturam seated on a cot and brought him up to main road covering three kilometers on foot. It took at least one hour. On reaching Kotba Primary Health Centre, doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile, J Minj, BMO, the striking 102 ambulance employees have returned. It is not clear whether they have joined the duty or not. But for emergency services, Health Department has an arrangement of drivers, said Minj.

Sarpanch, Sitabai Paikra said that the road is to be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMJSY). Due to rainy season, it could not be started, said Sarpanch.