While cities are thriving on a wave of development, there are still several villages in Chhattisgarh which continue to suffer due with lack of basic infrastructure and healthcare facilities. But however, in one such district of Narayanpur Ajay Trakeroo, a resident of the area, has come up with a unique motorbike ambulance which ferries on these dusty and rugged tracks to ensure villagers, especially women, reach primary healthcare centres in times of dire emergency.
The mini ambulance has a side-carriage which is covered with cloth. The makeshift ambulance also has a siren and a first-aid kit to assist villagers during times of need. Ajay, using his driving and manoeuvring skills on these rugged roads, has single-handedly saved the lives of over 200 pregnant women, among other villagers. His efforts have helped see a drop in maternal and infant mortality rate in the Maoist-hit Narayanpur district of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh.
“Though 108 ambulance services operate in Narayanpur, these cannot reach deep into the forest or hilly terrain where many villages are situated. This is where the motorcycle ambulance plays a vital role. We will bring 10 more motorcycle ambulances in a few months,” Trakroo said.
He further added “Pregnant women are our main focus in the area as mortality rate is high in this conflict bound region of Chhattisgarh. With this experiment we are trying to provide necessary health care to the pregnant women of this Maoist-affected tribal and hard-to- reach forest area.”
We salute Ajay for coming forward with such brave and admirable effort.