Pregnant woman carried 6 km in makeshift stretcher to hospital in rural Visakhapatnam
Groaning in labour pain, a pregnant woman was carried to a hospital 6 kilometers away, in a makeshift stretcher made from a cloth which was tied to a wooden log.
The incident took place in a tribal village of Kothavalasa in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, where villagers carried a pregnant woman in a 'doli' as the village lacks adequate road connectivity to the hospital.
According to news agency ANI, the woman safely gave birth to a baby and both mother and baby are in stable condition.
#WATCH A pregnant woman carried for more than 6 kms to KJ Puram hospital from Kothavalsa village on a makeshift stretcher made from a cloth tied to a wooden log, due to lack of road connectivity. The woman & the child are in stable condition. #Visakhapatnam pic.twitter.com/Wn9VtS0IHIANI (@ANI) July 21, 2019
The woman was taken from Kothavalasa to KJ Puram hospital, which are 5-6 kilometers apart.
A viral video on Twitter showed a number people carrying the pregnant woman in a makeshift wooden carriage made by wrapping a cloth around a wooden log to a hospital 6 kilometer away. In some cases, this stretcher is made of a small wooden basket.
This is not a rare case in the village. Owing to the lack of road connectivity in the state's tribal areas, villagers have no other option than to carry those facing medical emergency like bundles of hay.