Norwegian parliament votes in favor of using quick corona tests to enable partners to stay with pregnant women after birth

PregnantPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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The Norwegian parliament (Storting) is in favor of using rapid corona tests in hospitals to enable partners to be present at the hospital after pregnant women give birth. 

The proposal wants to ensure that partners can be present both during and after the birth.

On Tuesday, the Storting unanimously supported the proposal, which was put forward by the Progress Party (FRP). 

The decision comes after thousands of people have signed a petition against current practice, where the partner is only allowed to be present during the actual birth. After a few hours, the partner must leave the hospital.

“I get a heartache from hearing stories from thousands of women who have been deprived of the opportunity to have their partner with them during the important and great experiences one has when one is pregnant and about to give birth to a child. Therefore, the FRP has been concerned with finding a solution to this,” FRP’s health policy spokesperson Åshild Bruun-Gundersen said.

She hopes Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) will now get the scheme of rapid tests in place quickly.

In the Storting’s unanimous decision, the government is asked to ensure that rapid tests can be used in the hospitals so that better arrangements are made for the partner to participate in the immediate follow-up of the pregnancy and later.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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