Woman delivers in mobile phone’s light in Sirsa PHC

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Old 30-Jan-2016
Post Woman delivers in mobile phone’s light in Sirsa PHC

In the absence of power supply to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the district’s Dadu village, a woman delivered a child in the light of a mobile phone on Thursday.
The villagers today protested the lack of facilities in the PHC.
Sukhpreet Kaur of Sirsa was brought to the health centre in labour pains. When she was taken to the labour room, her family was shocked to learn there was no power supply to the PHC.
Left with no alternative, women members of Sukhpreet’s family switched on the light a mobile phone. An auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) facilitated Sukhpreet’s delivery in the mobile phone’s light.
Dr Bhushan Garg, Senior Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, Odhan, said the wiring of the PHC had burnt after a heater was switched on. “It will be repaired soon,” he claimed.
“The indifference of the health authorities could have put the life of the woman or her newborn in danger,” alleged former sarpanch Dalip Singh, who led the protest.
The other problem ailing the PHC is staff crunch. “There are no doctors, a pharmacist, a nurse, a lab technician, a health inspector and other members of the staff,” one of the protesters alleged.
Villagers claimed the government had spent several lakhs of rupees on the construction of PHC’s building, but it could not provide the staff.
They alleged a doctor had been given the additional charge of the Dadu PHC, but his visits had been few and far between.

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