Bhubaneswar, Nov 13: There seems to be no end to medical apathy in India. Every day, unfortunately, one or more news reports would suggest how patients (of course, the poor ones) in the country are not even given basic medical facilities like an ambulance.
By now, we have heard scores of stories where relatives of dead persons are forced to carry their bodies on shoulders from hospital to their respective homes as hospital authorities either deny them an ambulance or hospitals are so ill-equipped that they don't even have an ambulance.
We also often hear stories of pregnant women delivering babies on roads or outside hospitals as they either fail to reach to hospitals on time because of lack of travelling facilities or hospitals deny them admission.
One more such story of negligence has emerged from Odisha's Mayurbhanj, where a woman delivered a baby on the road on Sunday as her wait for an ambulance to get to a hospital never got answered.
"#Odisha: Woman delivered a baby on a road in #Mayurbhanj, last evening, allegedly after the ambulance didn't reach her," tweeted ANI.
Luckily, the woman survived the ordeal and managed to give birth to a healthy child. According to reports, both the infant and the mother are doing fine.
Recently, a doctor from Odisha hogged the limelight after he decided to walk eight kilometers from his hospital to attend a pregnant woman in labour pain in a remote village of Malkangiri district, infamous for Maoist insurgency.
Omkar Hota walked eight kilometers to help the woman deliver her baby as the patient could not come to the hospital on her own because her village Sarigeta is yet to get proper road connectivity.
The 'good doctor' did not stop at that. After delivery, the patient developed some complication and she needed further treatment. It is then that Hota decided to take the woman to the hospital.
However, as the patient was too weak to walk, the doctor and her family members put her in a cane bed and carried the new mother on their shoulders. Thus Hota walked another eight kilometers back to his hospital, but this time with the patient on his shoulders. In a way, Hota created a new benchmark for doctors and humanity at large--never leave anyone alone in distress.