Vizianagaram: Villagers carry pregnant woman in `Doli' to get ambulance

More than over 500 hamlets in North Andhra Pradesh including Vizag, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam districts are yet to have road connectivity. The people in the hilly areas are deprived of proper road connectivity, health facilities and safe drinking water.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  25 Dec 2021 4:34 AM GMT
Vizianagaram: Villagers carry pregnant woman in `Doli to get ambulance

Vizianagaram: Villagers carried a 30-year-old pregnant woman in a makeshift stretcher (Doli) for 10 kilometers till she got an ambulance that evacuated her to hospital for delivery at Chittampadu tribal hamlet in Vizianagaram district on Friday.

Majji Gangamma was carried in the Doli through the hilly and narrow route as the ambulance could not reach her village because there is no road connectivity. Villagers said only two-wheelers could pass through the trek.

A group of people made a makeshift stretcher by using a chair to shift the pregnant woman. They traveled nearly 10 km on foot to reach Mettapalem Junction. She was shifted to the government hospital at S Kota in a vehicle.

Gangamma's husband Majji Ramudu said due to lack of road connectivity the villagers have no other option than to carry the patients on shoulders or slings to reach the nearest road for evacuation to the hospital.

Ramudu said that officials have been ignoring their pleas for years. "If the official face such situation, they can understand our problem. We are appealing the officials to take steps to lay roads to our hilly villages," he said.

More than over 500 hamlets in North Andhra Pradesh including Vizag, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam districts are yet to have road connectivity. The people in the hilly areas are deprived of proper road connectivity, health facilities and safe drinking water.

"We have been witnessing that people carry pregnant women or sick persons in Doli. There were incidents that some patients die on the way," said K Lokanatham of CPM.

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