Nepal sees huge rise in maternal deaths as Covid keeps women at home

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Health workers fear deaths could reach levels not seen this century as up to 90% miss check-ups and many opt for home births

Earlier this month, 21-year-old Lakhu BK decided to have her baby at home in her village in the far west of Nepal. She had feared contracting Covid-19 if she went to a health centre. She lost her life giving birth.

“I thought my daughter-in-law will die from [the] virus but did not think she would die from being unable to give birth,” said her mother-in-law, Pamfi BK, 50.

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Written by Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jul/15/nepal-sees-huge-rise-in-maternal-deaths-as-covid-keeps-women-at-home under the title “Nepal sees huge rise in maternal deaths as Covid keeps women at home”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.