Nine-Months Pregnant Woman Travels 900 km on Foot, Gives Birth After Four-hours Waiting

The truck dropped us at the UP-Bihar border. We had asked for help from the police to drop Devi at the transit center but they refused. She finally had to walk with us for 10kms," said one of her relatives.”

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Rekha Devi, a 28-year-old lady, and an expecting mother traveled for nearly 900kms partly on foot and in a truck, from Greater Noida to a transit center located in Gopalganj, Bihar. She was accompanied by 19 other people who included her husband, Sandeep Yadav, their four children, and a host of relatives. Most of them, including Rekha, were daily wage workers in Greater Noida. They were on their way to Supaul village which was more than 300km from Gopalganj.
On Thursday morning, near about at 9 am, she reached the transit center, which was also set up as a Covid-19 screening ground, she developed a labour pain and the pain was so severe that she could barely sit. Devoid of any medical assistance, Devi had been standing there at the transit center for 4 long hours, “She is extremely tired. We were traveling for 4 days and she may have her baby anytime now. The truck dropped us at the UP-Bihar border. We had asked for help from the police to drop Devi at the transit center but they refused. She finally had to walk with us for 10kms,” said one of her relatives
In such a time of crisis, when the doctors are expected to serve their patients, irrespective of their class and status, the doctors at the Gopalganj transit center refused to admit Rekha over suspicion that she might have coronavirus. Devi’s family on complaining over this carelessness of the authorities, Arshas Aziz, Gopalganj DM, said “They didn’t say anything even when the screening for Covid-19 was conducted. They should have informed us that she was in labour pain.” 
In the late afternoon, when the reporters covering the incident informed Gopalganj Superintendent of Police, Manoj Kumar Tiwari, about her condition, an ambulance was arranged and the pregnant woman was taken to the District Sadar Hospital. Sandeep. Devi’s husband later said that even the doctors at the district hospital were refusing to admit her, claiming that she is only 8 months pregnant. Only after a senior district officer ordered the hospital authorities that the woman needs to deliver immediately, and a senior doctor took control of the matter, that she was admitted and in the evening at around 5.45 pm on that day itself, Rekha delivered a baby girl.
When the government promised that all the migrant workers will be transported back home with proper safety measures and in a dignified manner, it is very obvious for the poor fellows like Devi and her family to expect that the government’s word would match their actions. The government was blamed by Devi’s family for mismanagement and putting them through a vicious journey. “The government is insensitive. If they cared for people like us, it would have been more efficient in handling all of this”, said Rekha’s relative. 
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Nine-Months Pregnant Woman Travels 900 km on Foot, Gives Birth After Four-hours Waiting
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The truck dropped us at the UP-Bihar border. We had asked for help from the police to drop Devi at the transit center but they refused. She finally had to walk with us for 10kms," said one of her relatives.”
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