Odisha

Dongria Pregnant Woman Crosses Hill & River On Sling, Delivers Dead Baby On Way

**Kalyansinghpur (Rayagada):** In an untoward incident, a pregnant woman (25) named Alema Sikaka, belonging to Dongria tribe, was carried for about 4 km in a sling made of blanket amidst the hilly roads and consequently gave birth to a dead baby girl today.

This tribal woman belonged to Fakeri village under Parsali panchayat in Niyamgiri hill of Odisha’s Rayagada district.

According to reports, Alema Sikaka experienced labour pains today (Tuesday). But the 108 and and 102 ambulances did not turn up despite calls. So, the family members made a sling with the help of a blanket and carried her over the hilly terrain for around 4 km. Then, they hired a Tata Magic vehicle which carried her for 12 kms till Badadwarasahi.

The woes of that tribal woman did not end there. They had to wade across the Kalyani river in that sling again and walk for a kilometre to reach their destination.

Unfortunately, when the woman was on her way, she delivered a dead baby girl near Nirgundi village. The Dongria woman is presently undergoing treatment in Kalyansinghpur community health centre and is in a critical condition, reports said.

Time and now, this sort of incidents are cropping up questioning the effective implementation of ‘Janani Surakshya Yojana’ of the Odisha Government. Such occurrences of ‘sling conveyance’ of pregnant women has been reported time and again from across the rural parts of Odisha.

These cases are stark examples of the poor road connectivity to the far-flung areas and the ambulance failure.

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