Tinsukia: A 20-year-old Covid-19 patient delivered a healthy baby girl on Tuesday in an ambulance while on her way to Jorhat Medical College & Hospital (JMCH), around 45 km from Bhogamukh Model hospital, where she was being treated for the Coronavirus.

The mother and baby are healthy and admitted to the Gynaecology Covid ward of JMCH, Annanya Bordoloi, district media expert, National Health Mission, told EastMojo.

Narrating the sequence of events, Bordoloi said the expecting mother developed labour pain and was referred to JMCH. “However, barely after they reached Lohdoigarh near Kakojan, the labour pain became unbearable.”

“It wasn’t an easy task for Keshab Hazarika, the lone paramedical staff, in PPE kit, accompanying the patient. However, he took a call to stop the ambulance and succeeded in the delivery,” Bordoloi said, adding, “The timely action taken by Hazarika saved the life of the mother and the baby.”

The expecting mother, a resident of Cintamoni Garh under Bhogmukh BHPC, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 10 when she was at her maternal home.

Bordoloi said she was moved to Bhogamukh Model Hospital near her residence. “The baby girl has luckily tested negative for COVID-19. They would be released as per discharge protocol,” she added.

With baby-to-mother infections detected in Assam, it is a cause of worry in the present case too, a health official said.

“However, mothers are allowed to breastfeed their babies by wearing masks and sanitizing before and after handling the child,” the official added.

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