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Thursday , December 13 , 2012
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Triple Twelve triggers baby boom in state
- With 12.12.12 in mind, govt announces policy on preventive aspects of diseases

Patna, Dec. 12: Simmi Kumari was euphoric to give birth to her girl child at 12 minutes past noon today at Khagaria sadar hospital.

Even the 12-member team of doctors assisting the Caesarean section was equally happy to be a part of the birth of Simmi’s child on a “unique date” — 12.12.12. According to sources in Simmi’s family, the the Caesarean section was planned well in advance because they wanted the child to be born on 12.12.12.

Khagaria civil surgeon D.B. Sharma also confirmed that the surgery was a planned one. “The girl was delivered through Caesarean section at 12 minutes past noon to make the delivery significant. Her birthday will be marked by the number 12,” he said. “Not only the girl child was born on the rare combination of 12.12.12, the Caesarean section was assisted by a 12-member medical team. Her fate would be determined by the number 12,” Sharma added.

Anita Singh, a gynaecologist in the state capital, said she performed five Caesarean sections today. “All the surgeries were planned. There was no complication in any of the surgeries. We had to perform the Caesarean section because the families wanted the surgeries at any cost on Wednesday. All of them felt that it would bring luck to their children,” she added. Singh said: “People are usually superstitious about birth dates. According to astrology, every date has its ownsignificance and some dates are considered auspicious. The families felt that 12.12.12 was one such date.”

The gynaecologist, however, said dates don’t matter much for the doctors. “But it was fun to see smiles on the faces of our patients and their families,” she said.

A source at Patna Medical College and Hospital said eight Caesarean sections were conducted till evening. “We usually opt for Caesarean section only during critical conditions. Today, most cases were requests by families,” the source said.

The state health department also appeared excited about the 12.12.12 factor. Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said his department started working on “Integrated Health Policy” from today. “We are much excited about this rare combination of 12.12.12. We started working on the policy today, keeping the date in mind. The policy focuses on the preventive aspects of diseases,” he added.