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Blue print of scheme for pregnant women released

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Rs. 795-crore project aims at improving survival rate of mother and child

HYDERABAD: Pregnant women in rural areas, especially those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Tribes, will soon have all-inclusive health centres set up by the Government.

A Rs. 795-crore `Reproduction and Child Health Scheme' project, sponsored by the Centre, has been grounded in the State to ensure safe deliveries and survival of the mother and child thereafter.

The project aims at ensuring safety and survival of the mother and infant through various interventions, including institutional deliveries. The Government wants to reduce the infant mortality rate in the State to 25 from 59 per 1,000 by 2010 and that of the mother from 341 to 80.

According to a blueprint of the project released by Health Minister K. Rosaiah at a press conference on Thursday, `health control rooms' working round-the-clock will be set up at district headquarters and one at Hyderabad can be reached if a pregnant woman needs help.

Ambulances

About 430 ambulances, named `Mata Sisu Rakshaks' run by NGOs at the instance of the Government, will be positioned at key points to take them to the nearest comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care centres.

Two private hospitals will be identified for the job where there are no centres.

After institutional delivery, the woman will get Rs. 1,000 as incentive and an extra Rs. 1,500 if the delivery was made through caesarean section.

The Minister said a massive recruitment was on to take 55,400 women health volunteers who would get performance-based incentives (and not salaries), 250 obstetricians, 600 staff nurses and as many auxiliary nurse-midwives.

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