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Mayurbhanj Mother, Fetus Death: CDMO Suspends Ambulance Driver

07 October 2019


Baripada: Chief District Medical Officer(CDMO) of Mayurbhanj Pradip Kumar Mohapatra on Monday suspended Harihar Nayak, driver of the ambulance of Bangiriposhi Community Health Centre (CHC) that ran out of fuel on Saturday causing death of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby due to delay in treatment, reports said.

Worth mentioning, one Tulsi Munda, wife of Chittaranjan Munda of Handa village had complained of labour at around 12.30 AM in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. She was first admitted to Bangiriposhi Community Health Centre (CHC) but as her situation was critical she was referred to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital.

Due to unavailability of 102 and 108 ambulances, she was sent to the referral hospital in the CHC's ambulance. However, the vehicle ran out of fuel on the outskirts of Baripada town. Finding no other option, the driver called for a 108 ambulance which reached the spot after over 45 minutes.

But after arriving at the Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital, the doctor there declared her dead.

Following the tragedy, CDMO Mohapatra, while terming the incident as unfortunate, had promised to conduct a probe and take stringent action against the person responsible.