Medical Officer at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Ulvanoor, Dr L. Rambabu carried a tribal woman in a makeshift “doli” for five km. He along with Dr Narendar, who run the Indigenous Development Organisation (IDO), an NGO reached Ralla Cheluka as soon as they got the news. Ralla Cheluka is a remote village in Palvancha Mandal in Yanambile, Telangana. The 22-year-old Sukki of Koya tribe gave birth to twin boys after which her health became critical.

After giving birth to two malnourished babies at her home she suffered from “postpartum haemorrhage” (heavy bleeding after childbirth). Dr Rambabu along with Sukki’s relatives carried her to the nearest road point, almost five km away in a makeshift stretcher. Later the patients were shifted to a government hospital in Bhadrachalam town in a 108 ambulance. This incident has again highlighted the grave situation and lack of medical facilities remote villages face.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Dr L. Rambabu carried a tribal woman in a makeshift stretcher for five km to the nearest road point.
  • She suffered from postpartum haemorrhage after giving birth to twins.
  • Sukki from a remote village Ralla Cheluka in Telangana suffered a postpartum haemorrhage after giving birth to twins.
  • A proposal has been made to introduce feeder ambulances in Mulakalapalli, Gundala and other Agency Mandals.

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The saviour Dr L. Rambabu

Narrating his experience Dr L. Rambabu said, “I found the tribal woman lying in hypovolemic condition (decreased blood volume or diminished body fluid). She was having postpartum haemorrhage along with her new-born twin babies weighing 2 kg and 1.75 kg each. As chances of the twin babies developing infection and sepsis due to unhygienic conditions and cutting the umbilical cord in a septic environment were high. We, along with the family members carried the trio to the road point at Mamidigudem in a stretcher. Later shifted them to the government hospital in Bhadrachalam.”

Further adding to this he said, “The condition of the woman is stable after blood transfusion. The twins are receiving expert care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Government hospital in the temple town.” The Hindu reported.

Feeder ambulance system

To improve the medical facilities in the far-fetched areas feeder ambulance system is proposed. District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini said, “A proposal has been submitted to the government for sanction of five feeder ambulances to the district.” Although the proposal is for feeder ambulances in just Mulakalapalli, Gundala and other Agency Mandals.

Meanwhile, talking about the feeder ambulance Dr Vinod, Administrative Officer, Kothagudem, said, “It is to ensure emergency medical care to the needy patients in interior areas tucked away in the forests.” Further adding to this he said, “A feeder ambulance is a motorcycle with a large box attached to it. It also carries a cushioned semi-sleeper facility. It helps in shifting emergency patients from remote villages to the nearby PHCs under the supervision of trained paramedics.”

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Image credit: The Hindu

Divya Tripathi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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