STNM docs help another COVID-positive mother deliver healthy baby

Aaron Rai

Gangtok, 30 Aug:

Yes, it is their job and something they have been trained for, but what cannot be ignored is the fact that it takes some special level of commitment to their profession and service of patients in their care for health-workers to enter an operation theatre and perform a surgery on a COVID-19 patient.

The Novel Coronavirus is a virus that the world still does not understand too well and every time health-workers, even when clothed in personal protective equipment, attend to a COVID-positive patient, they command our collective gratitude. One more such moment arrived on Saturday when doctors at STNM Hospital successfully carried out a cesarean procedure to help a COVID-positive mother deliver a healthy baby.

The patient, a first-time mother from Setipool who had tested positive through RTPCR at STNM Hospital on 28 August, was shifted to the isolation ward. The Gynecological Ward at STNM Hospital, it may be recalled, had recently been contained as well. Yesterday, on 29 August she was taken to the OT for a c-section and delivered a healthy baby at 1:20PM.

The OT team comprised of Dr Uttam Kharka, Surgeon Gynecologist; Dr Dolkar Bhutia, Anaesthesist; Dr Jigme Bhutia, pediatrician; Nurses Pempa D Bhutia, Rashmita Subba, Anamika Moktan and Dichen Bhutia; OT Technicians Nimthi Lepcha and Namita Subba; and Sanitation Attendants Geva Lal and Goverdhan.

Thus far in the lockdown period, the team at STNM Hospital has helped deliver between 400-500 babies in the OT, and assisted around 600 normal deliveries.