Tribal woman in labour walks for two hours to reach hospital, loses child

For want of road, ambulance could not reach this Chhattisgarh village, populated by Korwa tribals

Jashpur Nagar ( Chhattisgarh): When, on May 19, the Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh visited this district as part of his ‘Vikas Yatra’, he had claimed that Jashpur was more developed than ‘Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi.’ The district has been given the title of ‘Vikasgarhi’ (centre of development) by the state government.

However, the hollowness of the government’s claims was exposed on Sunday.

A woman resident of Balajhar, a Korwa-dominated village in the district, went into labour late in the night. The villagers put in a call to summon an ambulance. However, the vehicle could not reach the village for want of a road. Ultimately, the woman, in extreme pain, began walking towards the block headquarters Patthalgaon. She reached the place after about two hours but by then, the child in the womb was dead.

‘We did no wrong’

There was no carelessness on the part of the health department. The treatment of the woman had begun immediately after she reached the hospital. However, the child could not be saved as she had walked for a long distance while in labour. The ambulance could not reach the village as there is no road Dr RL Tiwari, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Jashpur


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