Corona Virus Disease 2019 Pandemic Contributed to Pregnancy Devastating Outcomes in Low Income Countries

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Callixte Yadufashije
Liliane Muhimpundu
Lydia Mwanzia
Georges Bahati Sangano


Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been a public health threat of the 21st century. This pandemic has unexpectedly occurred, and countries have faced challenges to implement the preventive strategies against this unexpected killer. Pregnancy is a critical state among women, and special care should be provided to prevent pregnancy related complications as early as possible. COVID-19 pandemic has restricted services provided to pregnant women due to some prevention measures and treatment programs. Previous studies reported the high increase of obstetric complications among women infected or ever infected by COVID-19. Depression, suicidal intention, low quality of life during pregnancy, gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes mellitus, the premature rupture of membranes, miscarriage, preterm delivery, edema, maternal death, and hypoxia and other respiratory conditions were observed among women infected by COVID-19. Strategies for protecting pregnant women during pandemics should be enhanced to prevent pregnancy related complications and maternal death. There should be home health care nurses and midwives working with community health workers to assist pregnant women at home. Governments shoulddevelop policies and plans about maintaining maternal and child health during pandemics requiring travel ban and other prevention measures.

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