Odisha: This 29-Yr-Old Doctor Crossed Hill & River To Reach Pregnant Tribal Woman

The Logical Indian Crew

March 30th, 2018

Courtesy and Image Credit: Hindustan Times

Dr Yagnadatta Rath climbed a hill and crossed a river to reach a tribal woman, Sitadadu Raita, who went into labour while she and her husband were still on the way to the hospital situated in Kandhamal district, Orissa, on March 25.


Raita belongs to Balam village which is just 7 km from the healthcare centre, however, the path to reach is treacherous. A large part of the route can be only covered on foot which means crossing a hill and a river.

On March 25, along with her husband and other family members, Raita set out to reach Tumudibandha community health centre. Midway, Raita found it impossible to continue the journey. Her husband and other relatives rushed towards Block Development Officer (BDO) for help.

Dr Rath’s timely action

BDO contacted the health centre and Dr Rath, a 29-year old ad-hoc doctor at the Tumudibandha community health set out to help the lady in an ambulance. Only 4 km of the journey could be completed in the ambulance. For the rest of the part of the journey, Rath had to cover on foot.

By the time Rath reached the spot, Raita had already delivered the baby, however, her placenta had not come out. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Rath said, “When I reached the spot, the woman had delivered a girl, but her placenta had not come out. Normally, there is a lot of bleeding at this stage. Luckily, nothing of that sort had happened. I asked the men to move away a little so that I could give her a little privacy. The baby weighed around 2.1 kg.”

After this, Raita and her baby were taken to the ambulance and then to the health centre. Both the mother and the child are safe. Rath said,It was her first delivery and she was scared about her child’s well-being. Both are safe. They will be discharged on Friday.

Due to his sincerity in discharging duty, Dr Rath, who has completed his MBBS from Institute of Medical Science and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, in 2012, has been receiving appreciation from all quarters.

Netra Manseth, a social worker in Tumudibandha told Hindustan Times, “I had last been to that village a few years ago with a colleague for immunisation. I was worried how she would cross the river.”

The state health and family welfare department has applauded Dr Rath’s efforts in a Facebook post.

Dr Yagnadatta Rath moved out of CHC in Kandhamal dist, trekked through dense forest, crossed river to reach a needy…

Posted by Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Odisha on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Logical Indian appreciates Dr Rath’s prompt action. He recognised the gravity of the situation and without giving a second thought went on to discharge his duties, not caring for hurdles. 

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