After the outbreak of the country’s second wave of the pandemic, 35 women infected with COVID-19 and its latest form have given birth to their babies at the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital in Thapathali.
During this time, the Prasuti Griha, a state-run maternity hospital, saw 20 C-section births and 15 regular deliveries.
According to hospital deputy-director Shree Prasad Adhikari, women who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are found to be infected with the virus upon arrival are given maternity facilities and placed in isolation wards to prevent the virus from spreading further.
The country’s first maternity hospital has 30 COVID-19 beds, with five of them equipped with an oxygen support system.
The beds are located in the hospital’s Thapathali and Kupandole buildings, respectively.
In addition, in Kupandole, the hospital has established a 50-bed high-dependency unit with four ICU COVID-19 beds and oxygen therapy.
A separate chamber has been set aside for the treatment of contaminated pregnant women, as well as a dedicated COVID-19 surgery ward.
The facilities in Thapathali is only for new mothers and pregnant women, while the 50 beds in Kupandole are also for other women.
In the absence of beds in the respective health facilities, patients are referred to the maternity hospital by the Teku-based Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital and other hospitals.
Currently, the hospital is treating 27 infected people: 12 in Kupandole and 15 in Thapathali.