Vizianagaram: A pregnant woman had to be carried in a makeshift stretcher (in local parlance doli) to get a vehicle to reach the hospital. The vehicle point was over three km from her residence at Maryapadu tribal hamlet under Salur mandal in Vizianagaram district.

The incident took place on Saturday and drew criticism from several health activists in the district. The pregnant woman, Pottangi Parvathi, finally found a vehicle to reach the Primary Health Centre at Baguvalasa. Not only four-wheelers but even two-wheelers couldn't reach her village due to the hilly terrain.

Parvathi developed labour pains in the wee hours on Saturday and was carried in a sling to Tadilova village. From there they hired a vehicle to reach the PHC in Baguvalasa. The woman gave birth to a baby boy a few hours later. Both the mother and son are said to be safe at the PHC.

"It is a regular phenomenon in north coastal Andhra," said activists.

Since there were no rains for the past few days, the locals managed to shift the pregnant woman to the nearby PHC after hours of effort otherwise they would have faced more problems due to the slippery roads and rain, they added.

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