Pooja Zunjar, a 25-year-old Marathi actress, and her newborn baby died in Maharashtra’s Hingoli district on Sunday because of the unavailability of an ambulance. Her family members struggled to find an ambulance to shift her to the civil hospital from a primary health centre, where the newborn died.
“They somehow got a private ambulance, but the actress died during the journey,” police said. Relatives of the deceased actress, Pooja Zunjar, claimed she would have been alive had they got an ambulance in time.
The incident that occurred on the eve of October 21 assembly elections on Sunday paints a grim picture of the state of the health infrastructure in rural Maharashtra. The police official said Pooja rushed to a primary health centre in Goregaon, her native place in the district, around 2 am on Sunday after she went into labour. Pooja gave birth, but the newborn died within a few minutes even as her condition deteriorated.
“The doctors at the primary health centre then advised Pooja’s family members to shift her to the Hingoli civil hospital, which is around 40 km from Goregaon,” he said. However, her panicked family members struggled to find an ambulance. Police have registered a medico-legal case and are recording statements of Pooja’s relatives Pooja has played lead roles in two movies and took a break from her acting career because of pregnancy.