New Delhi, Jun 9 : The National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan regarding the plight of pregnant women and denial of health services to them during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged him to intervene in the matter.
In its letter to Dr Vardhan, NCW requested the Ministry to issue a direction to Health departments of every state/UT for ensuring non-Covid-19 ambulance services, allocation of separate beds for pregnant women and a dedicated helpline numbers to safeguard the health of women and their newborn babies It referred to several cases where non-availability of adequate ambulances for maternity services and denial of admission in hospitals led to delay in reaching the health facility, even resulting in the death of the mother and the newborn baby.
Recently, two pregnant women were denied admission by various government and private hospitals in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Noida, resulting in the death of mother and fetus in the first case and birth of a stillborn in the second. The commission reminded that it had earlier written to all states/UTs regarding proper implementation of programmes and schemes for institutional delivery mechanism to control maternal and infant mortality rate. (UNI)