COVID-19: Lacking access to health service, food and other facilities to Poor and Marginalized group, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mother of Nepal

While COVID-19 is posing a risk for people of all ages and gender, however, pregnant women are at an increased risk of COVID-19 due to the physiological weakness during pregnancy and also due to the challenges faced while fulfilling the expected chores in rural community of Nepal. Most of the indigenous and backward Madhesi communities, pregnant women and lactating mothers are struggling with psychological, social and economic problem. On the other hand, due to the fear of transmitting coronavirus, health post is not properly cooperating and delivering the services with pregnant woman and their situation where the services are free of cost and distributing the medicine as well. The marginalized group of women who are earning daily basis for their survivor of day to day life but in this situation, they don’t have work and earning for their livelihood. Many pregnant women do not want to take the risk of visiting a hospital/ health post for antenatal and postnatal check-up unless there is an emergency because of the fear of getting infected with the virus. In the period of COVID-19 pandemic, the ratio of anxiety and fear among pregnant women is increasing in Nepal. Many pregnant woman and lactating mother are not in condition of accepting and adopting the situation of COVID-19 pandemic. The poor and marginalized Madhesi community pregnant women are unable to afford the money for their regular health checkup to private hospital and buying the medicine. The government hospital provides free services and provides medicine but the pandemic situation of COVID-19 the hospital is declared COVID-19 patient service hospital. So, the local government has reluctant to cope with this type of pandemic situation. During this pandemic situation large numbers of pregnant women are being deprived from health services.

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