Health Department Takes Up Cudgels For Safe Motherhood

In this regard, the department has set targets for all community and primary health centers in the district. District programme manager (National Health Mission), VK Singh told TOI, “After reviewing the achievements of different community and primary health centers regarding institutional deliveries in the past five months, we have found that community health centers in Bahria, Soraon, Handia, Koraon, Pratappur, Dhanupur, Jasra and Ram Nagar have covered 30% of their respective target. Other health centers are still lagging behind and have completed between 16 and 26% of the target. He further added, “We have been motivating ASHAs to approach pregnant women in both urban and rural pockets to promote institutional deliveries by telling them its benefits.” Additional director, health, Dr Ramesh Srivastava said, “Officials have now geared up to achieve the set target in all four districts of the region including Allahabad, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh.” Singh said the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) have a major role to play in promoting institutional deliveries among pregnant women and further promote adoption of family planning methods. As far as monetary benefit to women who for delivery in government and accredited hospitals is concerned, Rs 1400 and Rs 1000 is being paid to each pregnant woman from rural and urban areas respectively. Besides, ASHAs are entitled to Rs 600 per delivery in government and accredited hospitals. Moreover, women are also being offered free transportation, free medicines, tests and other benefits. Officials said Janani Suraksha Yojana, under the umbrella of NRHM was being proposed by modifying the existing National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS). While the latter is linked to the provision of better diet for pregnant women from the below poverty line (BPL) families, JSY integrates cash assistance with antenatal care during the pregnancy period, institutional care during delivery and immediate post-partum period in a health centre by establishing a system of coordinated care by basic health worker. ALSO ON TOI

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