In the past two months, seven pregnant women infected with COVID-19 have died in the Ballari and Vijayanagara districts. A total of 180 pregnant women in these two regions have tested positive for COVID-19 since April 2021.
The district administration has devised strategies to reduce the number of deaths among pregnant women, as the rate of such deaths is on the rise.
“The majority of the people who died were having poor health, When they learned that they had tested positive for COVID-19, some of them panicked. As a result, we have established a dedicated ward at VIMS hospital and a similar facility at the government hospital in Hosapete to address the problem,” stated District Health Officer Dr H L Janardhan.
To begin, additional health personnel and specific teams would be organised in both the Ballari and Vijayanagara districts to care for pregnant COVID-19 patients. The government will monitor the health of COVID-19-positive pregnant women as well as those who live in different sections of the districts.
ASHA workers have been instructed to undertake routine health checks on pregnant women and children.
Following an increase in cases in the rural belts of Ballari and Vijayanagara, health teams are conducting COVID-19 tests in various parts of the district. Health experts are urging everyone, especially pregnant women, to be checked even if they have the tiniest symptoms.