25 year old woman gives birth to baby girl on NDRF rescue boat in flood-hit Bihar

RIMA DEVI

A 25 year old woman gave birth to a baby girl on a rescue boat of NDRF in flood-hit East Champaran district of Bihar.

The woman, Rima Devi, wife of Muni Lal Mahato of Gobari Village in Banjariya Block was in the advanced stage of pregnancy in her flood-hit village. On getting information about the marooned pregnant lady, rescuers of 9 Battalion NDRF who were engaged in search and rescue operations near the same village after a drowning incident, promptly responded and rushed to her house by boat.

The NDRF Team with the help of one Asha worker professionally tackled the situation and after assessing her condition decided to evacuate her to the nearby Primary Health Centre, Banjariya. During the course of evacuation, she delivered a baby girl on an NDRF rescue boat under supervision of NDRF rescuers & Asha worker. The mother and new born baby girl were shifted to nearby PHC Banjariya in Motihari where their condition is found stable.

NDRF personnel are trained in Medical First Responder and during the course of professional training all rescuers are taught handling of childbirth during emergency along with other disaster response training.

This is the 10th childbirth including 01 twins on an NDRF boat while evacuating expecting mothers from flood-hit areas since 2013. Presently total 21 teams of NDRF are deployed in 12 districts of Bihar to tackle flood disaster.

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