Kendrapara, March 6 (LocalWire): To reach out to people living in the remotest parts of the Kendrapara district during medical emergencies, the government has launched a boat ambulance service to cut the travel time to hospitals by rickety roads, an official said on Wednesday.
Mahakalapada MLA and ex-minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak inaugurated the service at Batighar village on Tuesday.
The health department will run the boats that are fitted with emergency lifesaving equipment.
“It will reach people in a quickest possible time. Those living in riverside villages of Mjh ahakkalapada, Rajnagar and other blocks, as locals of Bhitarkanika National Park, will be hugely benefited,” he said.
“Most people in reverine villages depend on passenger boats to commute, which aren’t available at night. The boat ambulance will help them in emergencies,” said chief district medical officer Dr. B.R. Pati.
“The healthcare system in remote areas is falling like ninepins due to shortage of health personnel, poor transport facilities and infrastructure, and as a result people are forced to seek help from quacks.
“These disadvantages pose a major challenge to pregnant women seeking medical help, particularly during sudden onset of labor.
We hope the boat service will help them to reach hospitals on time,” said Prof. Ajaya Samal, president of the NGO Kendrapara Bikash Parisad.