COVID-19 positive pregnant patient in early stage of labour: NEIGRIHMS

Shillong, June 10: The nodal officer for NEIGRIHMS, Dr Vijay Noel Nongpiur on Wednesday informed that the pregnant woman who tested positive for coronavirus is in the early stage of labour.

“The patient is in early stage of labour in the designated COVID section of the hospital and she is doing well. All medical support is being provided,” Dr Nongpiur stated.

The hospital revealed that the patient and her husband had arrived from Delhi on May 30th. They underwent Rapid Antibody and RT-PCR test, however both tested negative during the tests.

Following the initial report, the husband, who was earlier placed in MATI quarantine centre, was allowed to home quarantine.

However, Dr Nongpiur informed that the husband developed symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 on June 6 and was admitted to Civil Hospital, Shillong.

“On 9th June 2020 evening, the wife developed labour pain and attended NEIGRIHMS. As per protocol, she was initially seen in the COVID Screening area and since both her recent Rapid Test and RT-PCR were negative, she was referred to the labour room,” he stated.

On learning that the woman’s husband tested positive for COVID-19 in his second test, she was tested again at NEIGRIHMS and found positive.

“Furthermore, considering the high index of suspicion. the Casualty and Labour Room
visited by patient were temporarily shut down and the DHS(MI) was informed accordingly. The emergency testing done at NEIGRIHMS confirmed her to be COVID Positive.In the hospital, contact tracing was immediately initiated and other contact details were also
shared with the State Nodal Officer for similar action, as per protocol,” he added.

Dr Nongpiur stated that the Casualty and Labour Room of the hospital as well as the approach to these areas are undergoing thorough cleaning and sanitization, as per the Government of India protocol and shall be operational shortly.

“NEIGRIHMS had an emergency meeting today, chaired by the Director and all other senior
officials, to review the COVID preparedness. All areas of the hospital, except Labor Ward and
Casualty are functioning normally,” he added.