Shillong. The NHRC recently reported a high number of deaths of newborn babies and pregnant women in Meghalaya, on which the Meghalaya government has submitted a report. The government has informed the NHRC that 877 newborn babies and 61 mothers died because pregnant women refused to be admitted to hospitals for delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because they feared that they might also come in contact with him during the epidemic.
The state government’s report stated that “the cause of neonatal deaths was investigated and it was found that the deaths were due to lack of medical attention and care as pregnant women put themselves in hospitals for fear of the spread of COVID-19.” Refused to get admitted and also refused to get tested for Kovid-19.
It has also been pointed out that during the time when the deaths occurred, it was mandatory to segregate the Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients especially in the wards of the hospitals, hence the testing was done to avoid the spread of the disease. The report said that even though the women did not visit health facilities, ANMs and ASHA were monitoring their health through regular home visits and consultations, urging them to visit hospitals during delivery. .
The state government said that taking cognizance of the high number of deaths, the state government had launched a “rescue mission” and health teams to identify all pregnant women and register them on a mobile application to prevent such incidents. was formed.
High-risk pregnant women were tracked and none of them were allowed to deliver at home and were asked to be admitted to hospitals at least two weeks before the due date, the report said.
Story first published: Monday, March 21, 2022, 17:18 [IST]