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Pregnant woman being carried to hospital on a stretcher by her kin

Rayagada:11/7/17; An incident of a pregnant woman being carried to hospital on a stretcher by her kin in Odisha’s Rayagada district due to unavailability of ambulance has yet again exposed the deteriorated health services in the state.

According to reports, Anku Miniaka (30) of Talasaja village under Kalyansinghpur block in the district complained of labour pain yesterday morning.

Unfortunately, her family members were unable to fetch an ambulance due to unavailability of the same in Kalyansinghpur.

Left with no other options, they carried the woman on their shoulders with a stretcher for 2 km. The plight didn’t end there as the pregnant woman was carried by them across the Nagabali river amid waist-deep water.

After crossing the water body, they found a mobile health vehicle of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram in which the woman was taken to Kalyansinghpur community health centre (CHC) where she delivered a baby girl in the evening.

Condition of the woman and her baby is stated to be stable.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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