Childbirth by Candlelight
Adequate meals not available
Women in delivery centres are meant to be admitted for 48 hours after child birth. The hospital is meant to provide food and medicines to them during this period. Khabar Lahariya’s reporters spent a day at the centre in Mau block and observed that Suman from Bamuri village and Anita from Sikaura got no breakfast and just four puris and vegetables for lunch. According to the menu, women are meant to get eggs, milk, tea and bread for breakfast; and the meals include daal, rice, two different types of vegetables, six rotis and fruits.
No beds: babies delivered on the floor
The Kabrai Community Health Centre in Mahoba district has just six beds. In situations where there are more cases, women are made to deliver babies on the floor of the centre. The officer in charge Dr Ratmele, in one month, 131 babies have been delivered here. There is no surgeon, ultrasound machine and ward boy in the centre.
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