In a rather committed and dedicated fashion, the government maternity hospitals have been delivering babies despite the second wave of COVID. In fact, over the past year, they have sharpened their instincts and skills to help over 100 COVID positive pregnant women deliver without any complications.
They have adopted strict protocols, and government maternity hospitals at Sultanbazaar, Petlaburj, Niloufer Maternity Hospital and the special paediatric and maternity unit at Gandhi Hospital have conducted safe deliveries over the past year. In fact, in Niloufer alone, around 50 COVID positive women had their deliveries.
Senior obstetricians and gynaecologists at Petlaburj Maternity Hospital have delivered nearly 20 babies during COVID times. In fact, all government hospitals have special wards for COVID positive pregnant women. Pregnant women undergo rapid antigen tests at the local primary and urban primary health centres (UPHCs) during their regular visits. Special care is taken to identify women with other health issues or anaemia. Such women are then given the necessary instructions and guided through pregnancy.
A lot of counselling is provided to ensure pregnant women are safe at home. Similarly, if they test positive at a later stage, the delivery is done anyways.
Incidentally, there has been no dip in the number of pregnancies at state-run maternity hospitals. Also, there has been no alarming surge in COVID infections either at these hospitals.