How PCR Vans Turned Into Mobile Labor Rooms

How PCR Vans Turned Into Mobile Labor Rooms

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Most mentions of the Indian Police do not evoke much more than a tired glare or in some cases a scowl, but what happened recently in Delhi could melt even the coldest of hearts, and have even the staunchest of disbelievers beaming with pride at the Delhi Police.

On this particularly warm May morning, as head constable Sanjeev Kumar got ready to leave for home, an emergency call came over the radio. A rather distraught husband was pleading for someone to help his wife get to a hospital. As the police rushed towards Sabzi Mandi railway station, they probably had no idea how the night would turn out for them. The cops ended up playing unwitting midwives to proud mom Aarti, who gave birth to her son after an exhausting 20-minute ride, right inside the PCR van!

A beaming Kumar was weighed down by the emotion, “We were at the Hindu Rao Hospital gates, but before we took her inside, Aarti delivered the baby. We were overwhelmed to be part of her family’s happiness.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened to the Delhi Police. According to the records, 16 women have delivered babies inside a PCR van within the last six months. Many of these cases involved expectant moms on their way to their hometowns, delivering babies in PCR vans.

Usually, such calls are relayed to PCR vans. Many panic-struck and ignorant people dial the emergency number 100, instead of the regular 102 ambulance call. Due to the increasing incidences of such calls, the police department has organized training programs to its officers how to administer first aid, so that they could offer some help in such cases.

Laxmibai , a lady who gave birth to one of her twins inside a PCR van last September, insists that her daughter wouldn’t have survived if it wasn’t for the lady police officer on call that night.

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