Chattisgarh: Pregnant woman crosses river on makeshift basket to reach hospital

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Due to lack of transport and poor road connectivity, a pregnant woman in Surguja’s Kadnai village at Chhattisgarh was forced to be carried on a makeshift basket through a river.

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Due to lack of transport and poor road connectivity, a pregnant woman in Surguja’s Kadnai village at Chhattisgarh was forced to be carried on a makeshift basket through a river.

In a video tweeted by news agency ANI, the woman was seen seated in the basket strung on two sticks with rope. She was carried by four man to cross the river as she sat on the makeshift basket.

Due to unavailability of ambulance and lack of proper roads in the area, the woman had to be carried on the makeshift basket to a nearby hospital for delivery. She was later taken to the nearby government hospital.

Reacting to the incident, Sanjay Jha, Collector of Surguja, said there are few remote villages in the area where people find it “difficult” to commute during rainy days. He told ANI this is a “not a matter of not having good health facilities”.

Jha said the administration is now planning to use small cars to reach people for such remote areas. He said it is still “not possible to reach the residence of the people via cars”, adding that the administration always “strive to reach as near their residences as possible to help the people in need”.

(With inputs from Sumit Singh)

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