On September 6, a 36-week pregnant woman in Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya was unable to get an ambulance or a vehicle. She was carried on a makeshift bamboo stretcher for five kilometre to a hospital where she delivered a healthy girl, an official said.
During the journey on Monday, the heavily built woman with high blood pressure was struggling with labour pain but made it to the health centre on time.
"Volunteers from Jalilum village took turns to carry the patient for nearly five kilometres as there was no vehicle or ambulances there," Dr C Lyngdoh, in charge of Patharkhmah Community Health Centre, told PTI.
She delivered a baby girl weighing a little over four kilograms at the CHC and both are fine, Lyngdoh said.
A video of the woman being carried on the makeshift stretcher went viral on social media, with people criticising the administration.
Have a look at the video:
The video was posted by NHM Meghalaya with the caption: Community Members from Jailum #Ribhoi, came forward and volunteer to carry the pregnant woman to the Health Centre using a makeshift stretcher. The pregnant woman was also accompanied by the #MLHP of Umsong #HWC & reached the health facility safely @CMO_Meghalaya @JamesSangma1
The road between Jalilum and the health centre is in bad condition for several years, an elder from the village said.