A pregnant woman in Quezon City gave birth on a tricycle while waiting for the result of her swab test, which is a requirement for admission to the hospital.
On Tuesday, the said pregnant woman went to a hospital in Quezon City but was not allowed to do so as no swab test result could be presented.
The woman was able to take a swab test, but while waiting for the result on the tricycle, her water broke, so the swab test takers and contact tracers came out because the child’s head allegedly came out.
The child was successfully taken out.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the hospital should not be blamed if it refuses because there is no swab test.
“Hindi natin masisisi ang ospital kasi polisiya ng national government. Bago mag-procedure kailangan ng swab test.”
Belmonte added that pregnant women know the date when they will give birth, so it takes a long time to get a swab test right away.
Woman gives birth in tricycle while waiting for swab test results
“Alam niyo naman kelan kayo ipapasok sa ospital, take advantage of the free swab testing… Mag-book online o mag-book through the phone,” the mayor said.
Last month, a woman also gave birth in the vehicle of the Quezon City Task Force Disiplina after being refused admission by a hospital.
According to Lilia Borlagdan, chief of the City Health Department Midwifery Section, the pregnant woman needs to be tested for COVID-19 to prevent it from infecting health workers and other hospital patients if they test positive.
In the event of a sudden birth, there should be a separate or isolated tent outside for patients, Borlagdan said.
Borlagdan advised pregnant women about giving birth to take a swab test because it is free and only needs to be scheduled at a community-based testing center in the city.