Odisha launches ‘Amo Doli’ sling stretchers for carrying patients and expecting mothers in non-motorable villages

Image Courtesy: Wikimedia
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Rayagada : At a time when there have been rising instances of patients being taken to medical facilities by Air Ambulances for quick medical treatment, the Odisha government has launched a new programme ‘Amo Doli’ in the naxal infested tribal district of Rayagada in order to facilitate access to nearest medical facilities for patients and pregnant women in nearly 200 remote villages which don’t have motorable roads.

As part of the programme, 183 remote villages which don’t have proper approach roads have been identified and will be provided with a stretcher specially designed as a sling for easy transportation of the patients and expecting mothers. Traditionally, the villagers carry patients in serious conditions to the nearest medical facility by converting beds as carriers tied with rope and bamboo which make it very difficult and painful for both the patient as well as the people carrying it. Most of the time the patients’ condition gets critical by the time he or she makes it to the nearest medical facility with the traditional sling.

The stretcher cum sling will be kept with village health workers which can be used whenever requirement comes to carry a patient or pregnant woman to the nearest motorable point from where they can be taken to the nearest medical facility through ambulance.

The programme is being funded under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) meant for Maoist-affected districts and is planned to be extended to more remote villages in the district.

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