Gandhinagar, March 24 (IANS) Despite having one of the best healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the Vijay Rupani-led government has disclosed before the state assembly that more than 18 newborns died everyday within hours of their birth in Gujarat in the past two years.
However, there was not a single death of newborns reported from Devbhumi Dwarka, Botad, Anand, Aravalli and Mahisagar districts in the same period.
Answering a series of written questions put up by Congress legislators, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who also holds the health portfolio, informed the House that a total of 13,496 newborn babies out of the total 1,06,017 admitted in the Sick Newborn Care Units in government hospitals across the state, died during 2019 and 2020. This meant that on an average over 18 infants died in these units.
The Congress legislators had asked as to how many children were admitted in the Sick Newborn Care Units in these two years, and also how many were from government as well as from private hospitals.
Out of the total newborn admitted in the Sick Newborn Care units, a total of 69,314 were transferred from government hospitals, while 38,561 (36.37 per cent) from private hospitals.
Out of the total newborns admitted in Panchmahal district, almost 79 per cent were shifted from private hospitals. Out of the total 1,892 infants admitted in Panchmahals, 1,493 were admitted from private hospitals, while the rest 399 where from government setups.
In Rajkot, the native place of the Gujarat Chief Minister Rupani, maximum number of deaths of newborns occurred -- around 18 per cent newborns died. Out of the total 10,623 newborns admitted in Rajkot, 1,834 had died.
New York- Antibodies that guard against Covid-19 can transfer from mothers to babies while in the womb, say researchers indicating that vaccinating mother-to-be may also have benefits for their newborns.
The study showed that, among the participants, the vast majority of the babies born to women -- 78 per cent -- had detectable antibodies in their umbilical cord blood.
There was no evidence that any of the infants had been directly infected with the virus and all were Covid-19 negative at the time of birth, further indicating that the antibodies had crossed the placenta -- the organ that provides oxygen and nutrients to a growing baby during pregnancy -- into the fetal bloodstream, the researchers said.
"Since we can now say that the antibodies pregnant women make against Covid-19 have been shown to be passed down to their babies, we suspect that there's a good chance they could pass down the antibodies the body makes after being vaccinated as well," said researcher Yawei Jenny Yang from the Cornell University.
For the study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team analyzed blood samples from 88 women who gave birth between March and May 2020 in the US.
All of the women had Covid-19 antibodies in their blood, indicating that they had contracted the virus at some point even though 58 per cent of those women had no symptoms.
Furthermore, while antibodies were detected in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women, the researchers observed that the concentration of antibodies was significantly higher in symptomatic women.
The team also found that the general pattern of antibody response was similar to the response seen in other patients, confirming that pregnant women have the same kind of immune response to the virus as the larger patient population -- something that hadn't previously been known for sure since a woman's immune system changes throughout pregnancy.
This data implies that pregnant women could pass along vaccine-generated antibodies in the same way, potentially shielding both mother and child from future infection. However, it is not yet known exactly how protective these antibodies might be, or how long that protection might last, they added. (IANS)
Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) Pregnant women who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, during the third trimester are unlikely to pass the infection to their newborns, according to a new study.The study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health, followed 127 pregnant women who were admitted to Boston hospitals during the spring of 2020.Among the 64 pregnant women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, no newborns tested positive for the virus, reports Xinhua news agency."This study provides some reassurance that SARS-CoV-2 infections during the third trimester are unlikely to pass through the placenta to the foetus, but more research needs to be done to confirm this finding," said Diana Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.The results reported are limited to women in the third trimester because data on women infected during the first and second trimesters are still being collected and evaluated, according to the study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open.The researchers suggest their findings could help improve the care of pregnant women with Covid-19 and of their newborns, as well as provide information to assist in the development of new strategies for vaccinating pregnant women.--IANSna/
Jaipur, Dec 11 (IANS) Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Friday constituted a four-member committee to investigate the death of at least nine infants/newborns at JK Lone Mother and Child Hospital in Kota.Medical Education Secretary Vaibhav Galriya issued the orders in this regard.The committee will submit its report to the state government in three working days.The committee includes Medical Education Commissioner Shivangi Swarnkar; Director, RCH Dr Lakshman Singh Ola; Additional Principal and Senior Professor, Paediatrics Department, Dr Amarjeet Mehta; and Additional Principal and Senior Professor, Paediatrics (Medicine), SMS Medical College, Dr Rambabu Sharma.Dr Raghu Sharma said that the panel will immediately visit Kota to investigate every case of infant death and also look into overall arrangements at JK Lone Hospital, like requirement and availability of medical staff, availability of medical equipment and medicines etc and prepare its report. The Minister also directed all medical colleges' Principals to take special care of treatment of newborns across Rajasthan.After getting information about the death of nine infants since Wednesday night, Dr Sharma had asked the Kota Medical College Principal for a report immediately. The hospital's Medical Superintendent in his report said that nine infants brought there for treatment died between December 9 and 10. The report claimed that out of nine infants, three were brought dead to hospital, while three died of congenital diseases. Three others were cot death cases.The Minister also issued strict warning to hospital administrations to ensure proper care of newborns and strict action in case of any negligence.Meanwhile, BJP state President Satish Poonia termed the deaths as unfortunate.In his tweet, he tagged Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and said: "Bad luck @INCIndia of @ashokgehlot51. It's the height of the government's insensitivity. Nine newborns died in Kota's government hospital. Last year, 107 kids died in 35 days. Despite this, the government did not wake up. Wake up government, wake up or else run away," he said. --IANSarc/tsb
Jaipur, Dec 10 (IANS) A total of nine newborns passed away within eight hours on Thursday at the JK Lon Hospital in Rajasthan's Kota. All the children were aged between one and seven days. Even at the end of last year, over 100 children had died in 35 days in the same hospital.On Thursday, the district collector rushed to the hospital after getting the information about the death of the newborns. He immediately ordered for deploying additional doctors and nursing staff.State Health Minister Raghu Sharma also ordered a detailed report on the matter.The medical superintendent of the hospital, S.C. Dulara, said in his report that nine newborns who came to the hospital for treatment died on Thursday. Of these, three children were brought to the hospital in dead condition and their families were immediately informed in this regard. Additionally, three children suffered from congenital malformations and passed away. The remaining three children died of COT (sudden infant death). According to the paediatricians, COT deaths include dying due to suffocation or other reasons which include error while feeding the kid.Sharma has given strict instructions to the hospital administration to ensure proper care of newborns. He said that strict action will be taken for negligence in treatment.--IANSarc/arm
London, Nov 10 (IANS) A new research adds to the growing body of evidence that severe Covid-19 infection appears rare in newborn babies.The study, published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, traced all babies less than 29 days old with Covid-19 across the UK, who needed to be admitted into the hospital.The analysis traced these babies with Covid-19 between the beginning of March and end of April, at the peak of the first wave of the UK Covid-19 pandemic."The study found 66 babies required hospital treatment for Covid-19 infection in this period. This is the equivalent of one in 1785 births or 0.06 per cent of births," said study researchers from Imperial College London in the UK.The UK-wide analysis, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, is the first study analysing COVID-19 infections in newborns across the whole UK.Only 17 babies, out of the 66 newborns in the study, were suspected to have caught Covid-19 from their mother in the first seven days after birth.Seven of these 17 babies developed Covid-19 despite being separated from their mother immediately after birth.This supports the UK and international guidance to keep mother and baby together even when the mother is suspected or known to have COVID-19, say the team. Six babies were thought to have contracted COVID-19 while in hospital.None of the babies in the group died from Covid-19.When the data were analysed nearly 90 per cent of the babies had fully recovered from the infection and had been discharged from the hospital.The study suggests a higher proportion of newborns who develop the severe disease will need intensive care or breathing support (36 per cent), compared with older children (13 per cent).However, the study authors add that severe infection in newborn babies is still very rare.The researchers add that, overall, this study suggests a small proportion of babies caught Covid-19 from their mother.The researchers explain that, in light of this, if a mother tests positive for Covid-19, her baby does not need to be separated from her at birth.--IANSbu/in