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Pregnant Woman Dies Over Ambulance Melee: Transport Minister Says Thorough Enquiry On


06 October 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


Bhubaneswar: The State Government has taken serious note of the case in which a pregnant woman died allegedly due to the delay in ambulance service in Mayurbhanj on Saturday.

Transport and Commerce Minister Padmanabha Behera today said that the matter is being looked into and serious action should be taken against those responsible for the mishap.

"Driver is the first person who should have been cautious about the fitness and fuel available in the vehicle. A person who is in-charge of an emergency vehicle needs to be careful and responsible."

The medical services over the past two decades have improved in Odisha significantly, said Behera. However, he admitted that people at the ground level need to be conscious of their responsibilities.

"We have heard of instances where the ambulance could not reach due to unavailability of road. However, it is a pity that an ambulance could not reach a patient as the vehicle ran out of fuel," the Minister said.

"The CDMO says that some pipe of the ambulance burst. An Asha worker is reporting that someone was demanding money. These are lame excuses and a thorough enquiry needs to be done," he added.

A pregnant woman and her unborn baby died allegedly due to delay in treatment as the ambulance shifting the expectant mother to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada of Mayurbhanj district on Friday night ran out of fuel.

Padmanabha Behera, Minister, Commerce & Transport