Man shoulders pregnant wife to hospital as ambulance fails to reach

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RAYAGADA: In yet another incident of ambulance service failure in Odisha, a man had to carry his pregnant wife on his shoulder to a pick-up point from where a 108 ferried her to a Community Health Centre (CHC) about four kms from the village in Rayagada district on Tuesday.

The woman, Bangari Praska of Kansharikhala village under Kalyansinghpur block complained of acute stomach pain following which ASHA and anganwadi workers called for 108 service. Despite repeated calls, the vehicle reached after two hours.

By then Bangari’s husband Sambaru Praska had walked one km to a road point near Kesabuniguda from where the ambulance ferried her to CHC, about four km away. Medical sources revealed Bangari is also an anaemic patient.

On Monday, a tribal woman from Ghagudimala village under the same block who was carried on a cot to reach a 102 ambulance had died after delivering a stillborn baby.

In India as well, a man was forced to carry his dead wife home from hospital and another had to carry his own dead mother.

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