Himachal: Health department launches cash less deliveries

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    Nahan: Qith the aim to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate the department of health has launched special cash less delivery scheme for pregnant women’s in 7 medical institutions of the district Sirmour in Himachal; however in totality this facility would be available in 75 health institutions across the state.

    According to significant feature of the scheme birth campaigner of the pregnant women would also be allowed to go in the labor room of the hospital to boost the confidence of the women during the delivery of a child. As per as the information the other main motive in launching the scheme was to discard the unskilled method of deliveries in the state.

    It is learnt that Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal had announced to launch the scheme on 15th August which was practically launched on 15th September in the district.In the district headquarter 7 women’s have taken the benefits of the scheme so far, out of which six were normal deliveries.

    As per as the information this facility would be available in district hospital,  Paonta Sahib, Dadahu, Shillai, Sarhan,Rajgarh and Nohradhar. According to other features of the scheme the pregnant women’s would also paid transportation charges from her house to health institutions@ 6 rupees per kilometers. However, the other expenses of medicines would also be reimbursed by the department.

    Sources also told that the scheme was not constraint to specific category, women’s of every category could avail this facility from the health department. Chief Medical officer Dr M.K Pathak says the scheme would be launched in all identified health institutions in couple of days in the district, which was initially launched in district hospital on 15th September.

    Sources also say in referral case, either ambulance or taxi would be provided to pregnant women’s. As per as the information at present the Himachal government has not allocated separate budget for the purpose but sources says there was no dearth of funds in the exchequer of the state government for the scheme.

    The other purpose of the scheme was to promote institution deliveries in the state, said Chief medical officer of the district. According to the information health department had called a meeting of chief medical officers of the state in the presence of principal secretary (health) P.C.Dhiman on 6-7th September at Shimla in which it was decided to launch the scheme from 15th September.

    According to information available there were 51% deliveries in health institution of the district but department wanted to make it 100% after launching of this scheme.

    The department wanted to reduce infant mortality rate, so department was promoting institutional deliveries, said Chief Medical officer Dr M.K. Pathak. He said that still 49 percent deliveries were being handled by unskilled people and added that birth campaigner would be allowed during the deliveries due to certain reasons.

    CMO also informed that the expenses would be reimbursed without delay and department was ensuring institutional    deliveries.