Pune: A city-based gynaecologist has claimed that a nine-month pregnant woman did not visit the doctor on Monday during the lunar eclipse on Monday despite complaints of reduced fetal movements. The infant is now under observation in the intensive care unit (ICU). Doctors from the city highlight that many patients avoid seeing a doctor on such perceived inauspicious occasions.
Speaking to Sakal Times about the delay in treatment due to superstitions, Dr Shalaka Shimpi said many pregnant women often avoid seeing a doctor during the perceived inauspicious time.
“We see a fewer OPD during such time and many patients avoid taking an appointment. If at all there is a delivery, they try to let the time pass as it is inauspicious for them. As per a case recently mentioned to me that a mother cut a fruit on ‘Naagpanchmi’, because of which her child would have a defect in the mouth,” said Shimpi.
She highlighted that this co-relation is totally irrational as the fetus must have developed a defect in the fifth month of pregnancy. “I informed the person that there was no co-relation between the defect and the occasion. But, it is evident that such misconceptions and beliefs still exist in our society,” said Shimpi.
Another city-based gynaecologist Dr Parag Biniwale said that not even a single pregnant woman visited his clinic on Monday evening.
“In general, three to four per cent pregnancies exhibit congeniality anomalies. But, an eclipse has nothing to do it. There are other reason, but an eclipse is not one of them. Even in 2017, there are people who believe that there are ill effects of an eclipse on a pregnant woman and her baby. Many pregnant women also take up fasting or sit in a particular direction until the eclipse is over,” said Biniwale, highlighting the misconceptions prevalent in society.
Speaking about such irrational fears of people, Avinash Patil, the Executive President of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), said that lunar eclipse is a natural phenomenon.
“People develop such misconceptions as they believe in astrology. For them, the birth time dictates the fate of a person, which is not true. It is hard to neglect the fact that astrology leaves a deep impact on the masses. Two ways that can address this problem is educating the new generation and strict laws against such practices,” said Patil.