Infected mother delivers with baby tested negative

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Dimapur 3 (NP): A baby delivered by a COVID-positive mother at Eden Medical Centre (EMC) here Sunday through caesarean section, thankfully, tested negative for COVID-19 through TrueNat.

According to EMC director Dr. Lima Imchen, the new born baby would be retested as per the guidelines issued by Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). The result of the mother’s sample for confirmatory RT-PCR was awaited. Imchen informed that delivery was through caesarean section due to obstetric indications at a makeshift operation theatre at the labour room.

While being admitted, the expectant mother had shown no symptoms of COVID-19 but as per hospital protocol for all incoming patients, her swab sample was tested through TrueNat and later confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The new-born baby was being kept separately from the mother and looked after by medical team of the hospital. Imchen said adequate precautions were taken by the hospital team while tending to the mother before and after delivery.