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Pregnant women are at high risk

Published : 05 Jun 2020 10:04 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 03:27 PM

Expecting women are at augmented risk of death amid the Covid-19 status quo as experts advise not to get with child now.
They explained that, doctors are reluctant to see patients in fear of infection, private practice is closed for a long time, vaccinations are not given, inadequate delivery services, transportation problems increase the risk of maternal and maternal mortality.

According to the Department of Health, two percent of corona-infected women in Bangladesh are pregnant. For this reason, expert doctors have advised not to get conceived at this time. Professor ABM Abdullah advised not to get pregnant at this time, saying that not being able to get regular checkups of the pregnant mother is just as dangerous as the risk if the pregnant mother is infected with corona. “The child of a mother with corona can be born with a birth defect. Dead children also can be born. Pregnant mothers are more likely to be infected with the corona virus,” he added.

UNICEF, meanwhile, says maternal and neonatal health care for Corona has dropped by about 19 percent.
And according to the Department of Health, the tendency of mothers to visit health centers in January-March 2020 has decreased compared to October-December 2019. In addition, the birth rate in healthcare centers has decreased by 21.2 percent in the same period.

Director of the Department of Family Planning. Mohammad Sharif said, "We are working to get the pregnant mothers to come to the health centers."

The High Court has directed that all hospitals with at least 50 beds are obliged to provide medical services to pregnant mothers. Therefore, pregnant and maternity mothers cannot be returned.

The closing down of private healthcare facilities, especially in the smaller towns and cities that take care of huge healthcare burden is causing severe implications for those pregnant women who need emergency care.

United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) illustrated on their webpage that, there's no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus.

But pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) as a precaution. This is because pregnant women can sometimes be more at risk from viruses like flu.