The pregnant woman from Bhatkal, who was diagnosed with coronavirus infection, and was treated at the Dr T M A Pai Hospital here, has been cured. She was discharged from the hospital on Friday.
A 26-year-old lady in fifth month of her pregnancy, had tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted into a hospital in the city on April 9. Her test results came negative on April 21 and 23 after treatment and was hence discharged.
Addressing media, deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha said, “Today is a good day for Udupi with the discharge of a coronavirus-positive patient. It was difficult to treat a pregnant lady in Uttar Kannada district. It was a challenge for them to save the child and hence hospitals had rejected to treat her. During initial days, we too had rejected the patient as the district administration and TMA Pai agreement instructs to only treat Udupi district patients. Following direction from the chief minister and chief secretary, we accepted this case.
“We are delighted to discharge the lady who is now healthy along with her child. I thank the administrative board of TMA Pai Hospital which has achieved this feat. On behalf of the district administration, I congratulate Dr Shashikiran and his team,” he said.
The patient who was discharged said, “I was in fear during the initial days as I was alone and pregnant too. After being admitted to this hospital, the way I was treated, the support of doctors and nurses was immense. I do not have any words to describe the way everyone took care of me. I never felt like being admitted in a hospital. Homely care given to me helped me recover completely.”
SP Vishnuvardhana, DHO Dr Sudhir Chandra Sooda, district Covid nodal officer Dr Prashanth Bhat, district survey officer Dr Vasudeva Upadhyaya, Dr Premanand, KMC’s medial superintendent Dr Avinash Shetty, Covid hospital’s Dr Shashikiran and Covid hospital staff were present.
It may be recalled, due to the strict lockdown in place in the state, no one is allowed to move from one district to another. However, the case of the pregnant woman admitted to hospital in Udupi, though she is a resident of Bhatkal, is considered as extraordinary and that is why she is being treated in Udupi as per the orders of the Karnataka state government.