Telangana Doctor Drives 70kms to Take a Pregnant Woman to Healthcare Centre

“It was an emergency case and I knew the only available ambulance had been rushed to another PHC (Public Healthcare center). There was no scope for waiting for an ambulance” says Medical officer Dr Mohammed Mukram

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When the entire world is under the curse of the disastrous coronavirus and the health workers are fraught under pressure as they are to serve people with full dedication, doctors like Mukram prove to be an extra boon to the people.

Gatti Manjula, a 28-year-old, tribal woman residing in Kolaram village in Mahabubabad district, developed a severe labour pain on late Tuesday evening. The pain was so intense that she could give birth anytime. Kolaram, being a backward rural area, did not facilitate the villagers with a nearby healthcare center, the nearest being 20kms away, and there was no ambulance available. Medical officer Dr. Mohammed Mukram received a call from ASHA worker the Padma in Kolaram village regarding the emergency. Immediately, with the help of Padma, the doctor drove 70kms in his car and took Manjula to Gangaram PHC.

“It was an emergency case and I knew the only available ambulance had been rushed to another PHC (Public Healthcare center). There was no scope for waiting for an ambulance. So I took my car to the village and shifted her to PHC. I was just doing my duty”, said Dr. Mohammed Mukram as he took the responsibility to shift the pregnant lady to the nearby healthcare center.

“In this particular case, the timely reaction was required and I did not think twice”, said the doctor.

Gatti delivered a baby girl under Mukram’s treatment, weighing 2.8kg, but the baby was born blue. “We had to quickly revive the baby by sucking out secretions from the lungs. This is why it was important to bring her to PHC otherwise we could have lost the baby or the mother could have developed complications”, added Mukuram.

VP Gautham, the district collector, Mahabubabad, shared this incident on social media, applauding Dr. Mukram for his sincerity and courage in acting on the case and his generosity towards his profession. He also added that how even in this state of extreme adversity, the authorities of these rural areas are taking steps so that they can provide the utmost help to the poor people by setting up PHCs, providing door to door surveys, and by doing regular counseling.

Lastly, Gautham said “the aim is to ensure that in no way the pandemic and the lockdown impacts other medical and health emergencies”, stating Mukram’s act of responsiveness as an inspiration to all the medical professionals.

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Telangana Doctor Drives 70kms to Take a Pregnant Woman to Healthcare Centre
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“It was an emergency case and I knew the only available ambulance had been rushed to another PHC (Public Healthcare center). There was no scope for waiting for an ambulance” says Medical officer Dr Mohammed Mukram
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