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11,000 pregnant ladies in Gujarat refugee camps
|Ahmedabad: According to a rough estimate, there are approximately eleven thousand (11,000) pregnant ladies in different refugee camps of Gujarat set up during and after the recent communal riots there who are facing extreme difficulties in these camps.
When proper and healthy arrangements cannot be made for even a tolerable living in refugee camps, it is all the more difficult to make suitable arrangements for such ladies. There is no privacy needed for such occasions. Medical facilities are hoplessly insufficient, even for maternity cases. Contrary to official claims, there is an acute shortage of even the basic facilities. In one such camp there is only one doctor from a Rajasthan hospital, Dr Aquil Ansari who has opened a temporary dispensary in a class room and who is tending to patients day and night. According to him, in addition to medical facilities there is acute shortage of medicines also. There are no helpers, assistants etc. At least one lady doctor for ladies diseases and one child specialist are badly needed in addition to medicines and surgical facilities. He fears that if emergency steps are not taken, epidemic may break out in these camps.
(Rashtriya Sahara, 3 April 2002)
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