Authorities redirect pregnant Pyshma women to nearby hospitals
The hospital previously provided pregnancy care to women and children from 45 villages and towns within the district, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.
Currently authorized to only treat emergency births, Pyshma's maternity unit delivered 118 babies this year. However, officials decided to close the unit due to poorly scheduled doctors, lack of security and lack of equipment to assist in complicated deliveries.
The closure of Pyshma's maternity ward has drawn criticism from some residents of the district over the safety of expecting mothers traveling further away to deliver their babies.
"Women are now living in our area, have in the last month of pregnancy, and even as early as during labor, 'shaking' on the road," an anonymous letter from a Pyshma resident said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "If a woman can leave the hospital on the truck at the local hospital, the home delivery after discharge - a private matter patients. There was a case when the accident hit machine, delivered a three-day child mummy from Yekaterinburg. This accident killed the driver of the car and grandmother of a newborn."
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