Specialised Healthcare Eludes Mothers And Babies In Maoist-Dominated Chhattisgarh Villages
Durga, 24, gave birth to her son last week in Balod, 60kms from the capital Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The baby, who was born prematurely, weighs a mere 1.2 kg, way below the normal birth weight of 2.5 kg.
To save her baby, she rushed him to a new-functioning Sick New Born Unit, 60 kms away at Durg hospital near Raipur where critical care to underweight babies is provided. While Durga could do so, 24-year-old Somi, who lives in Maoist-dominated village of Palnar is not so lucky.