Kendrapara, Oct 10 (LocalWire): The state government has launched a boat ambulance service for the convenience of the remote riverside villagers within Bhitarkanika National Park to provide medical help in case of emergency.
Rajnagar MLA Dhruba Charan Sahoo inaugurated the boat ambulance service at the riverside village Gupti on Friday.
“Boat ambulance will operate as an integral part of 108 Emergency Response Service.
It will speedily reach the riverside villages of Gupti, Iswarapur, Junusnagar, Rangani, Kuthighat, Keruapala, Baghamari, Talachua, Kanhupur, Magarakandha and other villages within the park.
Around 50,000 villagers will be benefited through the boat ambulance service.
The health department has procured the boats with the necessary medical equipment.
A large number of riverside villagers depend on passenger boats, which are not available during the night for which boat ambulance service will help them in medical emergencies, said the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Dr. Anita Patnaik.
“The healthcare system in the remote coastal pockets of Bhitarkanika is falling like ninepins due to shortage of medical personnel, poor transport facilities and infrastructural inadequacies as a result of which a large number of people are forced to seek immediate medical help from quacks that puts them at further risk.
The distance and lack of transportation from the remote villages often prevents pregnant women from reaching the health centers, particularly in instances of sudden onset of labour.
We hope that the boat ambulance service will help the poor people get medical help at anytime,” said Jagabandhu Nayak the former chairman of Rajnagar block.
Pregnant women and newborn children in the remote riverside villages are deprived of basic health care.
Each year, many villagers within the park die due to snake bite without getting proper medical facilities as the mangrove forest of Bhitarkanika is the abode of many snakes.
Now we hope that the boat ambulance service will help save the lives of pregnant women and newborn children and many people from snake bite, said Hemant Rout the secretary of Gahiramatha Marine Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Society (GMTMCS) of Bhitarkanika.
It may be mentioned that last year the state government had for the first time launched boat ambulance service in the remote villages of Mahakalapada block in the district.