Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concerns over ‘population explosion’ have not deterred a Maharashtra woman from going ahead with her 20th delivery, doctors said.
The 38-year-old woman from Beed district has had 19 deliveries so far and is now seven months pregnant.
Hailing from the nomadic Gopal community, Lankabhai Kharat was spotted by local health officials who were stunned to learn about her 20th delivery.
“At present, she has 11 children and at the age of 38, is bracing for her 20th delivery,” Beed district civil surgeon Dr Ashok Thorat said.
When we learned about her pregnancy and it being her 20th, she was taken in to the civil hospital and all required tests were conducted. So far the baby and mother are safe. She has been given a medication course and instructed on hygiene and other practices to avoid an infection,” another Doctor said.
Thorat said,”this would be her first delivery at a hospital. All the other deliveries are performed at home. To avoid any health risk, we have advised her to get admitted at the local government hospital for the delivery, scheduled in two months.”
Kharat hails from Kesapuri area in Majalgaon tehsil of Beed district. “she belongs to the Gopal community, which generally begs or engages in some daily wage or small-time jobs. They keep shifting from one location to another,” an official from the Beed district collectorate said.
Compiled by Roshna K.