570 pregnant women located in flood-hit Uttarakhand

141 safe deliveries done so for, says NDMA

570 pregnant women located in flood-hit Uttarakhand

It was a daunting task for rescue personnel to identify pregnant women in the flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand, but they still managed to locate over 570 of them and ensured 141 safe deliveries so far.

“I believe 577 pregnant women have been contacted so far and there have been 141 safe deliveries,” vice chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) M Shashidhar Reddy said.

He said Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) were playing a vital role towards the cause and as a result, all pregnant women are likely to be given the required attention.
“Deliveries are taking place at various centres. Pregnant women are being advised to go to centres and not to go for deliveries at home. Deliveries in the centres give them better protection,” Reddy said.

He said very often women and children suffer more than men in disasters.

“So when people are in relief camps or anywhere, the help that has to be rendered or assistance to such women is very often informed,” said the vice chairman of the NDMA, which is coordinating rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand.

He said the state government has set up a call centre (phone number 108) and there is also an online portal of the government of India for Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS).

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