Giving birth in a quarantine area
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Giving birth in a quarantine area

At the quarantine area of Quang Ninh Obstetrics and Children’s Hospital, a 29-year-old woman from An Bien village, Thuy An commune, just woke up.

Opening the door, Dr. Hai raised his voice and asked: `How do you feel today?`.

`The baby is healthy, breastfeeding well and is being cared for by medical staff every day,` Dr. Hai told the mother.

Reporting a conversation with a patient, doctor Nguyen Vu Hai, 33 years old, in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, at noon on the 30th of Tet said that after chatting for a while, he realized that the mother’s health condition had stabilized, so she said goodbye and went over.

As soon as the third wave of Covid-19 appeared, Dr. Hai was transferred to the quarantine area to treat, monitor and care for suspected infected patients.

He said that the mother and baby were born in the quarantine area without family members, so the care conditions were not as expected.

Medical staff prepare to feed pregnant women in a separate isolation room at Quang Ninh Obstetrics and Children’s Hospital.

On the morning of January 28, Quang Ninh recorded a new case of Covid-19 in the community.

That night, the isolation ward at the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital received an F1 case, a pregnant woman in the Dong Trieu outbreak, with signs of labor.

According to Dr. Hai, the hospital is located in an epidemic area so it has developed a care and treatment plan for pregnant women with Covid-19 and their children, according to instructions from the Ministry of Health.

When receiving pregnant women from epidemic areas and testing positive, the hospital immediately arranged a separate team to take care of them from the beginning.

Having been in the hospital day and night since the epidemic resumed, there were many early morning labors and 7 consecutive days of insomnia, but he remained steadfast and encouraged his teammates to work optimistically.

In phase one, the hospital delivered about 6 to 8 F1 cases, mostly returning from epidemic areas.

`Only when the pregnant women and babies have finished eating and rested do we start our meals,` said Dr. Hai.

Giving birth in a quarantine area

Medical staff perform a cesarean section for a woman infected with Covid-19, February 8.

During this epidemic, nurse Pham Thi Nguyet Minh conducted `ideological work` for her husband, asking him to take care of the children.

`Everyone tells themselves that this is a challenging case, related to the health of many people, so we have to be even more careful,` she said.

The hospital’s leadership meets every day to come up with the best plan.

`Patients are at high risk of blood loss, so we have to prepare blood and protect carefully. The surgeon must wear an extra layer of sterile blue clothing,` the doctor said.

After the birth, the hospital sent nurse Minh and midwife Duong Thi Lien to take care of the mother and child, changing surgical wound dressings, changing the mother’s diapers every 4 hours, and personal hygiene.

Quang Ninh Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital is treating 16 pregnant women and 10 babies.

Recalling the image of medical staff’s smiles mixed with tears during the epidemic before the last Covid-19 patient was discharged from the hospital, Dr. Hai believes that this epidemic will also be controlled.

`At that time, pregnant women with family members and seriously ill patients will be transferred to higher levels for treatment without delay,` he shared.

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