September 30, 2022

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To reach hospital for delivery, pregnant woman crosses river on rubber tube

A pregnant woman was tied to a rubber tube to cross a river to reach a hospital in Harda district. A video of the incident surfaced on the social media.

This happened three days after the body of a deceased person was floated on a rubber tube due to the absence of the connecting bridge over a river in Anuppur district.

Bhopal: A pregnant woman was tied to a rubber tube to cross a river to reach a hospital in Harda district. A video of the incident surfaced on the social media.

The nine months pregnant woman, who lives in a remote village, had to reach a hospital as her labour pains began. The family members had no option but to put the life of the woman at risk to cross the river.

Due to heavy rain, road connectivity from the village was disrupted and the van to take the woman to a hospital was stuck on the other side of the river. The family members somehow managed to take the woman across the river on a rubber tube. From there she was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Later, the woman delivered a boy and as per the doctors in Harda district hospital, both the mother and child are healthy. District health officer H. P. Singh said the woman was first made to sit on a tube and cross the river. Thereafter, a 108 ambulance brought her to Harda. Here the woman gave birth to a son in the hospital.

This happened three days after the body of a deceased person was floated on a rubber tube due to the absence of the connecting bridge over a river in Anuppur district.

Meanwhile, another video surfaced on social media showing two bodies being carried on motorcycles allegedly due to non- availability of a hearse van. The incident was reported from Damoh district of the state. Such incidents have become routine in the state where people have to carry bodies either on bikes or cots. In the last three months, nearly half a dozen such incidents were reported from different parts of the state.

A man was forced to carry his ailing father on a handcart to the hospital due to an administrative lapse in Daboh town of the state. The incident took place near the municipality of Lahar in Bhind district. Hariskrishna Verma, a resident of Marpura Village, had called an ambulance, but the ambulance didn’t arrive on time as it had developed snags. The paucity of ambulances forced Hariskrishna Verma to pull the cart for a distance of 5 km and take his father to the hospital.

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