A baby boy was delivered on 26th April, 2011 at Sarikholia sapori, Dibrugarh district in upper Assam, under the supervision of Dr Bhaben Borah and Dr Kumud Agarwala, Medical Officers of the Dibrugarh Boat Clinic while the boat clinic was anchored at Mesaki sapori for a scheduled camp.
The new mother, Ramita Yadav was earlier brought to the boat clinic by her husband Ashok Yadav at 7 am under labour. She was kept under observation of the doctors and the nurses in the make shift labour room inside the tent, given necessary drips and medicines and at 10:40 am delivered a healthy baby boy weighing 2.8 kg. Ramita had undergone all three mandatory ANC check ups at the boat clinic.
This was the fifth delivery conducted by the Dibrugarh boat clinic since 2008 and ninth successful, safe delivery conducted on the boat clinics till date – Five in Dibrugarh, two in Dhemaji, one in Barpeta and one in Jorhat(February 2011).
The Boat Clinic health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra with a special focus on women and children, who are the most vulnerable in difficult conditions. Providing ANC, PNC checkups along with advocating institutional deliveries has been priority with all the health teams especially crucial for a state like Assam which has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 480 (NFHS 111), higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate.