Due to most of the hospital staff in quarantine, many services of the obstetrics and gynaecology department are suspended at Csolnoky Ferenc Hospital. Only emergency and maternity care protocol services are carried out. Expecting mothers are desperate. Without tests, they have very little information about their babies’ well-being.
When we think of pregnancy, we tend to focus on all the happy aspects of it, like the glowing skin of expecting mothers, excited fathers, and decorating the all-white nursery. However, pregnancy, even in the 21st century, is never without risks. Expecting mothers need to be under constant medical surveillance, and they must undergo a series of important examinations during and after those nine months. Therefore, pregnant ladies are constant visitors to doctors’ offices and hospitals.
Even without a global pandemic, when carrying your child, it must be scary to sit among sick people for hours waiting for an appointment. What happens in Veszprém now is even scarier. Expecting mothers are desperate and terrified, RTL reports.
Due to the increasing number of infections among hospital staff, several institutions operate on much lower capacity than usual. The situation has reached a critical point at Csolnoky Ferenc Hospital, Veszprém, Hungary.
The hospital had to cut down on a lot of things, including pregnancy care. Due to the high number of hospital staff currently in quarantine, many services of the obstetrics and gynaecology department are suspended.
They only provide emergency care and maternity care protocol services, such as mandatory ultrasound examinations, said Dr Zsanett Szigeti, Chief Physician and Department Head.
Only the most crucial tests are being performed at the department. For example, ultrasounds are done only between the 12th, 18th, and 20th weeks, and on the 32nd. NST tests are only done after the 40th week, or in the case of high-risk pregnancies, after the 38th week. The hospital has sent away pregnant women who came for their timely tests to be done.
Desperate mothers have reached out to RTL. They fear for their babies’ health.
“This is not only about my life but about the baby’s life too. We are desperate. We have no idea what will happen if we go into the hospital, if there are too many patients, if they cannot attend to us. Will we give birth on the corridor floor?”
Another mother said that because there are no tests, they have no idea how the baby is positioned, if the placenta or the baby’s weight is normal or not, or where the umbilical cord is.
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