Chopper airlifts new mother, infant to Nepalgunj

Bajura, December 12

A new mother along with her newborn was flown from Bajura’s Swamikartik Rural Municipality to Nepalgunj today on account of her critical condition after childbirth.

According to Kolti Primary Health Centre staff nurse Ganga Khatri, the mother and the infant were rescued by a chopper after their condition worsened following delivery.

Nirmala BK, 24, of Sappata, Swamikartik Rural Municipality-1, had been taken to Kolti Primary Health Centre yesterday.

“The case was complex as the position of the baby in the mother’s womb was not normal, but we somehow succeeded to bring the baby out; as their condition got worse following the delivery they had to be rescued and taken to Nepalgunj for further treatment in a chopper,” said the nurse.

“As their condition was critical, with the initiative of Chief District Officer Ganga Prasad Neupane, they were flown to Kohalpur Medical College today,” added the nurse.

According to sources at Bajura-based Kolti Primary Health Centre, the expecting mother was in critical condition even when she was brought to the health centre yesterday.

“Bringng the child out was really difficult,” informed the health facility.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that the patient would not have needed rescue if parturition services were available at Kolti Primary Health Centre itself.

Though some budget was allocated to start parturition service at the health centre last year, the budge simply froze owing to lack of any initiative to set up the service.

This year too, the government has allocated 3 million rupees to start emergency parturition service at the health centre, but nothing towards that effect has been initiated so far.