Ambulance runs out of fuel, pregnant woman dies on way to hospital
The 23-year-old tribal woman who was in an advanced stage of pregnancy was admitted to a government hospital in Bangiriposi.
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However, the doctors there referred her to another hospital at Baripada on Friday night as the condition Tulasi Munda has become critical, the sources said.
"The ambulance stopped near Kuliana it ran out of fuel. We had to wait for more than an hour till another vehicle could be arranged for the forward journey," said Tulasi's husband Chittranjan Munda.
He said though an ASHA worker was accompanying his wife, she was also helpless in that situation.
"Finally, another ambulance was arranged and she was taken to Baripada hospital. By the time we reached the hospital, my wife had died," Chittaranjan said.
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Chief District Medical Officer of Mayurbhanj, PK Mohapatra, admitted that the ambulance could not reach its destination because of insufficient fuel.
The CDMO claimed that the ambulance had enough fuel when it started its journey to Baripada, but it ran out of fuel due to a breakage in the oil pipe. He said the matter will be enquired by the district authorities.