Muscat: Three pregnant women have been admitted to the ICU due to the COVID-19 related complications, health authorities have said.
"We had to prematurely end the pregnancy of some women with COVID-19 infection to protect them," Dr. Moza Al Salmani, Director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Royal Hospital said in an interview to Oman TV.
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"For the medical staff, the mother is the priority and if the medical staff agree on a treatment regime that will improve the condition of mother, it will be given," she added.
"If there are options, and if the treatment does not harm the foetus then that choice is exercised, but if there is only one option of treatment, the mother's safety and health is the priority," Dr. Moza explained.
She further said: "Of the three cases that were taken into intensive care due, two were in the last months of pregnancy. The pregnancies were terminated through cesarean section and the children are in good health."
Dr Al Salmani added: "The third case was of a pregnant woman in the fifth month and the health condition of the mother required taking treatment affecting the foetus. That is why the pregnancy was prematurely terminated. The foetus was of five months and was not fully developed."