New Delhi: The toughest bouts, amid the coronavirus pandemic, are faced by pregnant women who test positive for the grave infection, give birth to newborns and are then separated for days to prevent the risk of transmitting the disease. However, some health workers and hospital staff go the extra mile and help the mothers interact with their newborn children. Also Read - Kiren Rijiju Announces Rs 5 Lakh Each For Bereaved Families of Hockey Stars
In such an effort, the hospital staff at Aurangabad Civil Hospital arranged a video call between a COVID-19 positive mother and her newborn baby who were kept in separate wards so that the child does not recieve the virus. Also Read - Rs 5000/Month Pension For Children Who Lost Parents During Pandemic, MP CM Shivraj Singh Takes BIG Decision. Details
Regarding the health of the mother and child, the concerned doctor said that the child was tested negative for coronavirus. “On April 18, the baby was born by cesarean section and tested negative,” said Aurangabad Civil Surgeon Dr. Sunder Kulkarni. Also Read - COVID Tally: India Reports 3.62 Lakh Fresh Cases, 4,120 Deaths in Past 24 Hours
However, it is unclear as to if the mother will be able to breastfeed the child while she still carries the virus.
According to WHO, women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to but should practice hygiene during the feeding, where a mask where available, wash hands before and after touching the baby and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched.