Jagatsinghpur, Aug 18 (LocalWire): Health officials have designated the driver rest shed as isolated labour room for COVID positive pregnant women due to lack of space in the district headquarter hospital.
Ever since two pregnant women were found to be COVID positive, following of COVID protocol became extremely difficult in the DHH given the lack of space there.
Earlier, COVID patients were shifted to COVID hospitals in Bhubaneswar or Cuttack, but this became impossible after said hospitals became jammed with COVID patients.
The gynaecology ward of DHH Jagatsinghpur has no facilities such as separate labour room, rest shed, waiting room, special OT room and isolation ward for COVID positive pregnant women.
Currently, there are only two OTs, which are being used for both – infected pregnant women and general patients.
A minimum of three Operation Theatres including one general OT, emergency OT and special OT are required for the treatment of infected pregnant women.
Similarly, three kinds of wards for antenatal care, postpartum recovering women and postpartum ward for COVID infected pregnant women are required, whereas currently there is only ward in which all expecting women are placed.
Also, there is no separate neonatal ward for newly born children and no isolated labour room for pregnant women.
Health officials have arranged an isolated labour room for COVID positive pregnant women at the driver’s rest shed in DHH, while the shed has been shifted to Jagatsinghpur Municipality Kalyan Mandap.
Lack of foresight of health officials, no space, and delay in the installation of Mother Child Health Care Unit (MCCU) care unit in DHH have added to the woes of patients.
It may be recalled that the DHH has no MCCU, for which health services have been completely paralyzed because of no space and infrastructure development.
Despite having funds, the setting up of the 100 bedded MCCU has been delayed, not only due to lack of space but also due to negligence and callous attitude of health officials.
Chief District Medical Officer Bijaya Panda has informed, “We are planning to set up a separate isolated labour room for infected pregnant women at the driver’s rest shed in the DHH campus but it has not yet been finalized.
Steps have been taken to start the construction work of the MCCU building in the DHH very soon,” she added.