A surge in pregnant women in Japan: hospital beds are in short supply and many are staying at home

2022-05-08 0 By

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun on January 29, the omikron virus strain continues to spread in Japan, which has also led to a surge in pregnant women infected.According to data from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, as of Monday, 261 pregnant women in Tokyo had contracted novel coronavirus infections in January, a 50-fold increase from the previous month.Japanese media reported that special beds for pregnant women infected with the novel coronavirus have been urgently needed, and many pregnant women have to recuperate at home, but once their condition changes, or there is a risk of not being hospitalized.The Hospital said that nine people had been hospitalized as of Monday, and seven of its beds were reserved for pregnant women and children infected with COVID-19, while ordinary pregnant women had to move to the beds.Last week, all COVID-19 patients had mild symptoms such as sore throat and fever, but this week, two people have developed pneumonia.Mie Yamada, head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital, said, “I am very worried that the situation will continue as more pregnant women with COVID-19 apply for hospitalization.”Chiba University Hospital also said that its beds for pregnant women have been empty since the middle of this month.Data from Chiba Prefecture showed that the number of pregnant women infected with COVID-19 in the prefecture was almost zero from October to December last year, but has soared to 50 since January this year, with the majority of them staying at home.Japanese media said that once pregnant women are infected with the Novel Coronavirus, the symptoms may be more severe and there is also a risk of premature delivery.Akito Nakai, president of Tama Nagayama Hospital of Japan Medical University, pointed out that the number of pregnant women staying at home will continue to increase, and the Japanese government needs to grasp the specific situation of pregnant women from the perspective of policy, and cooperate with the obstetrics and gynecology department of the hospital to prevent patients from getting worse.(overseas network wang Shanning) copyright works, shall not be reproduced without authorization.