The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked for a response from the Central government and the Delhi government to a petition from four pregnant women who alleged that they faced serious obstacles in accessing basic health facilities in hospitals and government centers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Rekha Palli notified the petition to the Center and the Delhi government and allowed the petitioners one week to affidavit the names of facilities where adequate services were not provided to them. Lawyer Jayshree Satpute, representing the petitioners, said there were public hospitals where pregnant women were “forced to wait during labor” to wait for their COVID-19 tests and that workers in the ASHA also did not make visits. The Delhi government attorney said that the 1077 helpline was operational for pregnant women who were also entitled to an allowance of 5,000 rupees, in installments, upon registration with the relevant Anganwadi center. In the petition filed by attorney Tripti Poddar, the petitioners claimed that they suffered a huge financial burden due to the inability of public facilities to provide them with health services, such as prenatal exams and ultrasounds, during the pregnancy. The petition states that the petitioners are entitled to several monetary and non-monetary benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and other nutrition and health programs. However, the authorities “recklessly and recklessly shirked their duties and obligations”, causing the applicants serious distress, according to the petition. “During the ongoing COVID pandemic, Respondent No.2 (Delhi Govt) and the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) have highlighted the increased vulnerability and susceptibility of pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants during the current pandemic, but the people interviewed here have not implemented any tangible measures to ensure safe access to medical facilities for pregnant women during the pandemic. .
He also urged authorities to provide adequate COVID 19 protective equipment to frontline health workers to enable them to provide services to pregnant women and nursing mothers during the ongoing COVJD-19 pandemic.
The case will be heard on October 28. PTI ADS RKS RKS
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