05 October 2019
Baripada: 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 last night ran out of fuel.
Reportedly, Tulsi Munda, wife of Chittaranjan Munda of Handa village, complained of labour pain at around 12.30 AM in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. She was first admitted to Bangiriposhi Community Health Centre (CHC) but as her situation was critical she was referred to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital.
Due to unavailability of 102 and 108 ambulances, she was sent to the referral hospital in a government ambulance. However, the vehicle ran out of fuel in the outskirts of Baripada town. Finding no other option, the driver called for a 108 ambulance which reached the spot after over 45 minutes.
But after arriving at the Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital, the doctor there declared her dead. Her Family members have alleged that Tulsi and her unborn child died because of the negligence of the ambulance driver.
Mayurbhanj CDMO Pradip Kumar Mohapatra has termed the incident as unfortunate and assured to conduct a probe into the matter and take stringent action against the person responsible.