#COVID19: Migrant stuck in lockdown facilitated institutional delivery

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Subarnapur : A brick kiln workers stuck due to lockdown in Subarnapur brought to the CHC at Binka on 10th of April, gave birth to a boy child.
Suryakanti Tandi, a resident of village Sileikela of Block Belpada in Balangir district is working along with her husband in a private owned brick kiln at Gulunda of Binka Block in Subarnapur district from January this year.
Mitrabhanu Mallik, volunteer appointed as a part of the joint initiative of District Administration, ActionAid and RARE to provide counselling support to such migrant workers noticed the requirement of Suryakanti. The matter was brought to the knowledge of Collector and District Magistrate. Necessary instruction was issued and she was brought to the CHC for delivery. Both the child and mother are now in good health.
Suryakanti is a mother of 3 children migrated to Gulunda with her husband Mangal to earn some extra money so that they can repay the loan.
Expressing her gratitude Suryakanti says, “Laxmana Sahu, the Sarpanch of Bhandar GP extended all necessary support to reach the hospital. It is because of his timely help could give birth to a health boy in a hygienic environment with proper care.”
Responding to a quarry Sarapanch Sri Sahu shared that all the workers along with the family of Sukanti have been shifted to the school and provided with cooked meals. The AWW and ASHA are extending all necessary support he added.
As a campaign, the district administration with the leadership and guidance of Ms Monisha Banerjee, DM has launched GO – NGO collaboration with ActionAid and RARE to reach out migrant workers of other state and districts of Odisha stuck due to lockdown. Till date the team has extended their support to 1670 workers residing in 165 camps spreading across the district.
Ghasiram Panda, Programme Manager of ActionAid told that the volunteers have reached out to 1042 male, 347 female, 157 boys and 124 girls within this limited time period. Pregnant women are getting special care by ASHA and AWW. Now the administration is also providing other basic requirements like soap, detergent, mosquito coil, food for children and the like to these groups, he added.

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