I’m no expert, but I’ve seen my wife when she was pregnant with my daughter. During the first trimester, she would experience Morning sickness, stomach upsets, dizziness, backache’s, headache’s, just to name a few. A nice way to welcome the motherhood. Oh did i mention the number of pills and the number of blood tests she had to take during this period. While the pills gave her the vitamins that her body needed, the blood tests helped evaluate her sugar levels from time to time.
There were also some very exciting times during this journey. The heart beats, the baby kicks and the ultra sounds that showed the images of the baby. I was so crazy about the heart beat that i had set it as a ring tone for a while.
And when the baby was born after the more than 9 months of wait, it was a moment to cherish for the rest of the life. For the first time I felt I had achieved something and was really proud of my achievement. My wife, however, was very tired and exhausted. But everything disappeared as soon as she heard the first cry of the baby. There are after there were so many “first times”, we lost track of it. The first time she opened her eyes, the first time she smiled, the first time she held my finger, oh and the first time we changed her diaper :-).
It was all worth it and it was truly an unforgettable journey.
The reason I’m reminded of these moments is a very disturbing news I read earlier today. 18 new born babies died in a mere 48 hours in a government hospital in Calcutta. ( http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/kolkata-13-babies-dead-in-48-hours-in-government-run-hospital-144464 ). I can’t imagine what the parents must be going through. They must have waited for this moment for 9 months, for 9 long months that is. And at the end of 9 months, there were no celebrations, no gifts, no blessings, no naming ceremonies. They were left to mourn the death of their new borns and prepare for their cremation. The loss is even more unbearable when the untimely deaths could totally be avoided.
If not for the ill preparedness of the government hospital, the new borns would be in the safe hands of the parents. Instead they are buried under the ground.
The private hospitals are too expensive and out of reach of the common man. The government hospitals are affordable, however, they are mostly over crowded, lacking the very basic facilities, basic hygiene and sanitation. There are good doctors, mind you and the government allocates some hundreds of crores every year, however, there is no accountability. I can go on listing everything but i did that already in my earlier blogs. In fact i even filed an RTI with Gandhi hospital,a government hospital in Secunderabad. I couldn’t pursue this further because of some practical reasons.
I know what is going to happen next. This will remain as a news headline for the next couple of days, the angry parents showing their dissent, anger and frustration, they have every right to do so. The government would come up with some excuse, the doctors would complain how they are helpless and the matter would die down only to surface in some other hospital at some other time in future, unfortunately claiming some other new born babies.
And we say we have reached the moon when we can’t save our babies in our own backyard.