AMC to implement free delivery scheme

The municipal corporation standing committee has decided to implement the central scheme of Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana to all three civic hospitals and nine maternity homes and two community health centres in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 13, 2012 5:47 am

The municipal corporation standing committee has decided to implement the central scheme of Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana to all three civic hospitals and nine maternity homes and two community health centres in the city. Delivery and post-delivery treatment of mother and child is free under the scheme,irrespective of income.

Standing committee chairman Bhupendra Patel on Thursday said this will also include free of cost caesarian section (if required),medicines and surgical requirements,laboratory tests,diet (three days for normal and seven days for caesarian case) and blood supply. The beneficiary will also get free ambulance service,he said.

The amount spent by the civic body on this facility will be reimbursed fully by the state government,he added.

He said the state health department has arranged the following payments under the scheme: Rs 300 for normal delivery (Rs 1,500 for c-section) for medicine per case,Rs 80 for diet a day for three days (seven days for c-section),Rs 300 for blood,Rs 200 for lab tests,and Rs 200 for the treatment of newborn.

There were 10,602 normal deliveries in 2010 and 3,674 c-sections. This figure went up to 10,903 and ,4033 respectively in 2011,according to data furnished by the standing committee.

Noticeably,not a single caesarian section was reported from any of the nine maternity homes,which means they will refer caesarian cases to bigger hospitals. Total number of normal delivery cases were 14,276 in 2010 and 14,936 in 2011 in these hospitals.

At present,civic hospitals charge Rs 300 for normal delivery in case of people earning more than Rs 1,500 a month and Rs 200 for those having income below Rs 200 a month.

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