At least 225 Tripura women, who tested positive for Covid-19, have given birth to healthy babies at the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) during the second waves of the infection.
As per reports, the newborns were not found to be infected with the virus post-delivery.
During the first wave, as many as 198 COVID-19 infected women gave birth to babies, of which 60 were cesarean cases.
The figure stood at 27 during the second wave, said Dr. Jayanta Ray, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of AGMC.
“At least 225 corona infected pregnant women delivered healthy babies and the newborn babies were not infected by the virus due to utmost care taken by the doctors and the healthcare staff. It was a big challenge to the doctors to bring smiles to the infected mothers”, a news agency quoted Jayanta Ray as saying.
“A pregnant mother needs the best care, which was quite a challenging task during the pandemic. But, our doctors and other healthcare staff did their best to ensure the safety of both the mothers and the newborns with the highest standard of hygiene,” he said.
Dr. Ray said that some doctors and healthcare staff handling such cases were infected by the virus, but they ensured the safety of the children from infection.
Dr. Sanjib Debbarma, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, pointed out that the AGMC and GBP hospital was the only designated unit for the COVID-infected expectant mothers during the first wave.