A pregnant woman was forced to walk nearly 20 kilometres and deliver a baby on road in Katni, Madhya Pradesh. Kin of the woman alleged that the baby died due to the unavailability of ambulance.

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    Pregnant woman walks 20 kms, delivers on road, baby dies.
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    The incident took place in Katni, Madhya Pradesh.
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    Relatives said that death took place due to dearth of ambulances.

Yet another incident of death due to poor medical infrastructure has come to the light. A newborn baby girl died owing to the unavailability of ambulance in Katni district of Madhya Pradesh.

The heart-wrenching death took place after a pregnant woman walked nearly 20 kilometres before giving birth to the baby on road. The infant died soon after birth.

Beena, resident of Barmani village, decided to walk 20 km to Barhi community health centre with her husband as the ambulance failed to arrive and she was feeling labour pains.

Her family members alleged that they had called the community health centre for ambulance, but it did not come.

She reached Barhi town, but delivered a baby girl on the road, near a police station. The family members told mediapersons that the baby died as she fell to the ground.

However, the chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of the district Ashok Avadhia said the newborn could not survive as she was born prematurely, in the seven month of pregnancy.

Asked why no ambulance was sent, he said it was not available at the Barhi community health centre. “Janani Express (108 ambulance service for pregnant women) is not under our control. It is made available through Bhopal,” he said.

An inquiry had been ordered into the incident, he added.