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Bajura woman gives birth on her way to hospital for delivery

Himalayan News Service
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Bajura, October 19

Twenty-two-year old Phul Maya Sunar gave birth to a baby on her way to a health facility in Badimalika Municipality,  Bajura, yesterday.

Santoshi Rawal, a local, said a team from the district police office rescued Sunar and she was taken to the district hospital. Sunar has been staying alone in her house ever since her husband eloped with another woman, some six months ago.

Doctors had asked her to visit the hospital two or three days earlier, but she had to postpone the hospital visit could due to household problems.

Health workers said new mothers at Himalai, Rugin, Bichhaya, Gumba, Baidai, Kot, Gaumul and Pandavgufa, among other rural municipalities in the district have been facing problems during delivery periods.

Women in rural municipalities have been deprived of health services as they have to make a daylong journey to reach the nearest health facility, according to Dhan Sara Budthapa at Bichhaya.

Supervisor Surya Bista at Department of Family Planning in District Public Health Office, Bajura said the problems occurred due to lack of awareness of maternal health among women in rural municipalities and also due to tough geographical terrain. Women Rights Forum, Bajura Chair Rukmani Shah said women gave birth on the way to the hospital as the health facility was far away and women did not visit the health facility for regular health check-up.

A version of this article appears in print on October 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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