In a major embarrassment to the Health Department in Assam, a pregnant woman in Barpeta district’s Alopatti area was carried in a horse cart to the hospital due to lack of Ambulance services and poor road connectivity, as reported on Friday.
The woman, who is a resident of Changbandha village of Barpeta district, underwent labour pain on Thursday night.
The family of the woman arranged a horse-pulled cart to carry her to the Nagarbera Block Primary Health Centre. Travelling for about 3 hours in the cart, she was then carried in a country made boat to reach to the health centre.
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The family alleged that there is no ambulance service available in the entire region which has caused inconvenience to the people who are in need of emergency medical services.
They added that they are helpless and bound to carry the woman to the hospital in such condition in a horse-pulled cart to the health centre.
This is not the very first time that the people are carrying patients in a hand-pulled-cart or Bullock carts. Such incidents are becoming increasingly common in many parts of the state.
For instance, a pregnant woman, identified as Dipali Doley hailing from Jugibari village of Lakhimpur district was forced to travel hospital over 9 km on a hand-pulled-cart lying on a table due to dilapidated road condition.
At a time when the state health minister and the finance minister are establishing new hospitals and medical colleges, stress must also be laid on developing the existing services in the State.
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