With the recent studies showing the risk of coronavirus infections in new-born babies, the hospital took stringent measures to ensure that the mother and baby are healthy and are COVID-free.
In November 2019, Speaker Om Birla has asked the minister to prepare a diet chart for pregnant women and provide it to all members for circulation in their respective constituencies.
He said most of the women died because they were not admitted to hospitals or health centres for institutional delivery.
Doctors have found that pregnant women are not making frequent visits to hospitals for antenatal care and regular screenings, due to the fear of contracting Covid-19.
MGMGH dean Dr K Vanitha, said that 22 of the deliveries were normal and 78 were C-sections.
As many as 57 babies have been born at Covid hospitals in Ganjam district since the coronavirus outbreak.
Curbs on travel and other lockdown restrictions have deprived mothers-to-be of the love and care of their moms.
Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too.
A team of gynecologists, surgeon, anesthetist and a pediatrician from the Cheluvamba Hospital are rendering service along with trained nurses.
Only those coming from hotspots or those who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 are tested for the viral infection, the government has said.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said there ought not to be any time lag between request for testing, sample collection and declaration of results.
In another case at KC General Hospital on Sunday, a pregnant women who was already tested positive did not reveal her status to the medical staff till the C-section was done.
Pregnant women joined the list on the same day a CDC report found they accounted for about 9% of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in women of childbearing age.
The Commission said that it is a matter of "great concern" and a note has been taken regarding the lapse on the part of hospitals and authorities in these crucial times.
The news reports, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights as the state authorities have failed to ensure right to life and medical care to its citizens, the NHRC said