The B J Medical College and Sassoon general hospital has reopened a creche for children of working mothers, seventeen years after it was shut down. Ajay Chandanwale, dean of BJMC, said that a creche was needed since doctors and nurses had to put in long hours of work at the government hospital.
Ranjana Parashar, chief matron at Sassoon general hospital, said that a creche had been set up in the 80s, but was shut in 1998 due to technical issues. The Rajiv Gandhi national creche scheme for children of working mothers was revamped in 1996 as the need for child-care services had been emphasised in the National Policy for Children, 1994.
According to the scheme, a creche or daycare centre must have a minimum space of 6-8 sq ft per child to ensure that they can play, rest and learn without any hindrance. The centre should be clean and have adequate ventilation as well as toilet and sanitation facility that caters to the needs of small children.
There should be adequate safe play area outside. In the centre, there should be sleeping facilities for children i.e. mattresses, cradles, cots, pillows and other basic infrastructure.
Parashar said that initially 25 children would be accommodated at the centre. Presently, there are 1000 nurses at the government hospital and at least 250 women require the services of a daycare centre. A committee of seven nurses has been set up and private employees have been appointed to look after the babies.