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Woman Forced To Deliver Baby In Auto Rickshaw

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Raipur: Yet another case of administrative apathy, this time in Chhattisgarh, came to fore when a woman gave birth in an auto rickshaw due to non-availability of doctors at the Community Health Centre in Koriya area.

The incident happened when the pregnant woman was taken to the hospital in an auto by her family members. However, when they reached the hospital, they were told that no doctor was available. Despite running all around the health center, the kin failed to find a doctor, following which the family members were compelled to took it upon themselves to help her deliver the baby.

According to the World Health Organisation, at least five women die of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth in India. Nearly 45,000 women die due to childbirth-related causes every year in India.

India has one doctor for every 1,668 people, while nearly eight lakh doctors across the country may be in active service at present, the government had announced in 2017.

Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste in a written reply in Lok Sabha had said, “As per the information provided by Medical Council of India, there are a total 9,88,922 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical council or MCI as on June 30, 2016.

“Assuming 80 per cent availability, it is estimated that around 7.91 lakh doctors may be actually available for active service. It gives a doctor population ratio of 1:1668 as per current population estimate of 1.32 billion.”

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