What began as a routine day for doctor Manish, who works at Ankisa primary health centre, Gadchiroli, turned out to be an eventful day, as received an urgent call from ASHA worker from Amdeli village in Gadchiroli district, informing him about Laxmi Atram a tribal woman who was in labour pain.
“Her condition worsened, we had to stop and there was no choice. The road conditions were poor, and there was no way that I could have reached Sironcha. It was a split second decision to deliver babies in an ambulance,” recalls Dr Manish Chavan, the doctor attached to primary health centre in Naxal affected Gadchiroli.
Amdeli is 15 km away from Ankisa primary health centre, where doctor Mahish is attached to. Reaching Amdeli, a naxal affected village, was not an easy task as the roads are in poor condition. The fallen trees on the way, makes it even more difficult to reach there.
Doctor Mahish said, “I left with a helper immediately, after reaching there I examined Laxmi and decided to take her to the government hospital in Sironcha which is better equipped in terms of medical facilities. But, when we reached mid-way Laxmi’s condition began to worsen and with the help of a nurse and available equipment in the ambulance I performed the delivery.”
Interestingly, just few hours before the delivery, a complaint was filed in police by Dr Chavan after Laxmi had gone missing from the hospital in Sironcha before her delivery. Laxmi was 9 months pregnant and suffered through lack of blood. She was hospitalized in Sironcha hospital and given 3 bottles of blood.
“Tribals do not have access to a proper diet. They are mostly malnourished. Women work in farms even while pregnant. Hence, making them weak. That is why Laxmi didn’t have enough blood.” Dr Chavan informed. After getting better Laxmi left the hospital with her mother without completing discharge formalities prompting Dr Chavan to file a missing person complaint in police.
After her delivery Laxmi was taken to Sironcha in same ambulance in which she delivered her babies. She was discharged yesterday and dropped to her home by Dr Chavan.