The first baby born in a big city; Hospital staff are advised to quarantine themselves
The first baby born in a big city; Hospital staff are advised to quarantine themselves. PHOTO: EXPRESS / FILE
KARACHI: A pregnant woman who was recently diagnosed with a novel coronavirus has given birth to a baby at Karachi’s Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital (DRPCHK).
Hospital management, who confirmed the incident to The Express Tribune, said that the newborn baby and his mother were in a stable condition.
The woman, a resident of the Karachi Central district, was referred to the hospital by district health officials on Saturday. “We have been told that the patient was Covid-19 positive,” said hospital medical supervisor, Dr. Khadim Hussain Qureshi.
“That is a normal delivery and the baby and mother are in stable condition,” Dr. Qureshi said, adding that staff members who participated in labor had been advised to remain in quarantine. He further said that four doctors and two nurses would be tested for the corona virus on Monday (today).
This is the first case of a coronavirus patient confirmed delivery in the city.
“This woman has tested positive but we have also directed our staff to deal with each patient in the emergency room by considering them as suspected patients and following the appropriate protocol,” Dr. Qureshi said, adding that patients who came to the hospital emergency room will be tested for viruses.
“This disease spreads so quickly through local transmission that we don’t know who has it and who doesn’t,” he explained.
DRPCHK is one of the major hospitals in the city for women giving birth through normal labor and cesarean delivery, with many complicated cases being referred.
According to a senior doctor assigned there, the burden on this hospital doubled after it was locked because several private clinics had been closed.
In addition, at least 23 hospital staff members, including six doctors, have tested positive for the corona virus so far. Hospital management has stated that all infected staff members are in stable condition, while the first person who tested positive there, a driver, has recovered and is set to resume his duties from Monday (April 27).