Berhampur, August 9 (LocalWire): A tehsildar of Ganjam district has launched a drive to ensure COVID testing of all pregnant women, while the district administration has decided to set up a 20-bed COVID health centre at the City Hospital, exclusively for them.
“We have identified 413 pregnant mothers in all 22 panchayats of Kukudakhandi block and have decided to conduct the test of all the pregnant women,” said Ipsita Mishra, Tehsildar, Kukudahandi, who is also in-charge of Integrated Child Development Project (ICDP).
In the last three days, the swab samples were collected from around 100 pregnant women in the area, she added.
With the help of Anganwadi and Asha workers, the pregnant mothers came in ambulances to the COVID testing centres nearest to their villages.
Apart from COVID test, we have also counseled them about dos and don’ts during the pandemic situation and to maintain isolation, if they tested positive, she said. At least two ambulances were exclusively reserved to carry to them.
“The drive is helping doctors conduct delivery of the expected mother, according to her Covid-19 test report, without waiting for her COVID report,” she said.
A 26-year old woman, who tested positive for Covid-19 a week before her delivery, remained in home isolation.
When her labour pain developed, she had gone to MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.
The doctors in the duty took her to the isolation ward after verifying her earlier COVID report without waiting for a fresh report.
“Now both the mother and her baby are in good condition,” she said.
“The success of the case prompted us to launch a drive to conduct the swab sample test of all pregnant women before their deliveries. It has also helped save two lives,” she added.
Meanwhile, district administration decided to set up a 20-bed Covid Health Centre for COIVD-19 pregnant women for their smooth delivery.
The health centre will soon come up at City Hospital here, said Ganjam collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
“While normal deliveries will take place in the Health centre, the critical patients will be referred to MKCG Medical College and Hospital,” he said.
The load in the medical college would be reduced after functioning of the Health Centre at City Hospital here, he added.