ICMR said – pregnant and pregnant women were more affected in the second wave of Kovid than the first (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
According to ICMR, ‘cases of symptomatic infection in the second wave were 28.7 percent while in the first wave this figure was 14.2 percent.’ In India, it is recommended for all lactating women to get vaccinated.
New Delhi. Pregnant and lactating women were more affected in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic than in the first, and this year the rate of symptomatic cases and infection deaths was also higher in this category. . This information was given in a study by ICMR. The Indian Institute of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday said that during the first wave of the pandemic (from April 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021) and the second wave (from February 1, 2021 to May 14) in India, pregnant women and babies are born. Cases of infection related to women who gave
ICMR said, ‘In the second wave, the cases of symptomatic infection were 28.7 percent while in the first wave this figure was 14.2 percent. The mortality rate due to infection among pregnant women and postpartum women was 5.7 percent, which was higher than the mortality rate of 0.7 in the first wave.
2 percent of those killed in both waves were women
According to the study, 2 percent of those killed in both waves of the epidemic were women who had recently given birth to babies. Most of these women succumbed to pneumonia and breathing problems related to COVID-19. ICMR said, ‘This study underscores the importance of vaccination of pregnant and lactating women against Kovid-19.’ Vaccination is recommended for all lactating women in India.
However, the government has not yet allowed vaccination of pregnant women citing lack of clinical trial data. The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) is deliberating in this regard. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended last week that pregnant women should be vaccinated if they are at high risk of covid and if they have other diseases. (with language input)