How Annu Regained Health To Deliver A Healthy Baby
Till as recently as 2017, there was no government-funded health care plan in India. There are government hospitals but they are marred by tragic incidents such as the Gorakhpur Tragedy, where 32 babies died in a hospital because of disruption of oxygen supply, due to incorrigible corruption in the way the bureaucracy functions.
This year the Ayushman Bharat Scheme was launched to provide Universal Health Coverage to the underprivileged families.
So, in India, either health care is costly (out of one’s reach) or the subsidised health care is unreliable (resulting in avoidable fatalities).
At the SCIP Medical Clinic — a not for profit NGO — we do a lot of referral work, when it comes to pregnancy cases. You can read more about it here.
One of our patients, Annu, delivered a baby girl recently via lower (uterine) segment Caesarean section (LSCS). During the birth, the baby weighed 2.3 KG because of Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) but weighs 2.6 KG now.
Throughout her pregnancy, i.e. from first trimester itself, Annu would go to the slum clinic every fifteen days for counselling. The doctor would check her Hemoglobin levels as well as blood pressure. If need be, some dietary supplements like folic acid or iron calcium would be provided.
During the second trimester, the doctor checks the fetal heart. And if any of the patients are detected with high blood pressure or anaemia, they are referred to a government hospital for blood transfusion and treatment of pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH).
As mentioned in the introduction, the Indian government hospitals are not always up to the mark. So, we are trying to provide as much medical facilities and healthcare as we can at the SCIP Medical Clinic. We would really appreciate your help to build the infrastructure for the same as well as to procure the necessary equipment and to hire more medical experts.