Four pregnant patients are being treated for COVID-19 at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony disclosed on Thursday during his daily COVID-19 update.
Minister Anthony said the discovery was made during the routine check-up of the patients, who have since been isolated from the general ward population.
“So, mothers would come in and we would administer the COVID test just to make sure. And sometimes we find that mothers who are ready to give birth tested positive, so, we have to take precautions to make sure and also to reduce spread among the nursing staff and patients within the wards,” the minister said in a Department of Public Information (DPI) report.
Noting that between 12,000 and 14,000 births take place annually, with about 8,000 at GPHC alone, Dr. Anthony said it is routine for expectant mothers to be tested since the pandemic started.