Leh, Apr 1 : As the country remains under lockdown due to outbreak of Coronavirus, there is good news from border town of Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh where a 30-year-old woman, who was quarantined after two people tested positive for COVID-19 from her village, gave birth to a healthy baby.
However, the family reunion and celebrations will have to wait for some time since her kin, including her husband, continued to remain in quarantine.
Lt Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur on Wednesday said that the bright news of the birth of a healthy baby amidst lockdown in a quarantine facility in Kargil is heartening. Appreciating the health workers and the volunteers who took care of them, Mr Mathur wished the mother and child good health.
The woman gave birth to a boy on March 28, in what is possibly the first known case of ‘quarantine birth’ in India.
Official sources said that the woman was rushed to the hospital as soon as she started showing signs of labour. “Special arrangement had to be made for the delivery since the entire Sanku village, including the woman, was quarantined,” they said.
Meanwhile, a girl volunteered to take care of the woman and her baby as nobody from the village, including her family, was allowed to visit the hospital. “She had a normal delivery and both the mother and the baby are doing fine. The mother and the baby have been sent home after the woman tested negative and completed her preventive quarantine period,” they added. (UNI)