Imphal: The Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) on Monday urged the state government to make special arrangements for pregnant women and ensure safe delivery for expectant mothers at the hospital or healthcare centre amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to the MSCW chairperson Binota Meinam, COVID-19 has put our health facilities and workforce inundated by a plethora of activities relating to controlling the pandemic.
Pregnant women, undoubtedly, have faced a lot of problems during this time, she said. “We appeal the state government to arrange any hospital/primary health centre/ health care centre especially for delivery and related cases in all the districts,” she said.
She further stated that pregnant women can easily contract the virus by repeated visits to hospitals for antenatal care and delivery.
Apart from setting up a separate centre for infected pregnant women for treatment, the commission also appealed the state government to provide medical attention to those expectant mothers who can’t hold the delivery during pandemic/ lockdown.
These women are a vulnerable lot for the coronavirus, she said.
The commission further stated that the government should also make arrangements for women to deliver their babies in a hospital or centre even if they are undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
Post-delivery arrangements and guidelines should also be set up as transmission of coronavirus through breastfeeding from mother to child is also high, Meinam added.