Pregnancy alters the body’s immune system and response to viral infections in general, which can occasionally cause more severe symptoms. This may be the same for COVID-19 but there is currently no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to need admission to intensive care or have increased morbidity and mortality than non-pregnant adults. This study was undertaken at Govt RSRM Lying in Hospital, Royapuram, and Chennai which is a tertiary care institution and referral centre for all COVID positive antenatal patients from the surrounding Containment areas.
Aim of the study: To study the maternal and neonatal outcome of COVID positive antenatal patients admitted in GOVT RSRM Lying in Hospital.
Methodology: All patients who delivered in the COVID ward of our hospital have been observed and their maternal and neonatal outcome and recovery was documented.
Study Period: From April 2020 to July 2020.
Results: 741 patients were admitted in the COVID ward of our hospital from April to July 2020. Totally 301 patients delivered during this period with 151 LSCS, 138 Labournaturale and 12 Outlet forceps deliveries.76.4% of the patients belonged to the age group of 21 to 30 years. 57 patients were primigravida and 244 patients were multigravida patients. 97.3% of the patients were asymptomatic and were detected as COVID Positive in routine antenatal screening or contact tracing.93.4% of the patients admitted in COVID ward were from the major containment areas of Chennai like Tondiarpet and Royapuram. The COVID positive patients had obstetric complications like GHTN, GDM and also other comorbidities.
Conclusion: All antenatal patients nearing delivery are now being universally screened for COVID 19 infection and isolation and contact tracing is being done. Public health measure like Social distancing, hand washing, avoiding crowded areas and wearing protective face masks will go a long way in the control of the pandemic.