Health alert on aid scheme

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Malda
  • Published 1.02.07
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Malda, Feb. 1: The Malda chief medical officer of health (CMOH), Radharaman Banik, today threatened to cancel the licences of nursing homes flouting the guidelines of Ayusmati Swastha Prakalpa.

The scheme, which falls under National Rural Health Mission, aims at improving health conditions in the rural areas of the country especially with respect to child delivery cases of below poverty line (BPL) patients, subject to certain conditions.

The project guidelines clearly state that a sum of Rs 1,990 will be given to hospitals and nursing homes for delivery — normal or caesarean — by mothers coming from the BPL section of society, Banik said. The money will be paid in advance, he added.

“The condition, however, is that the nursing home cannot charge the patient any extra money. Officials from our department will regularly visit these nursing homes and strict action will be taken against defaulters,” he said.

According to Banik, more than 22,000 babies are born in government hospitals in Malda every year, while nursing homes in the district undertake more than 3,000 deliveries.

“The death rate during delivery in Malda is the highest in the state and the Ayusmati Swastha Prakalpa has been implemented here from last year to arrest the death rate,” the CMOH said. Banik was attending a convention organised by the district unit of Association of Health Service Doctors. The organisation’s district secretary Rudrendu Chatterjee, president Manoj Sarkar and the superintendent of the Malda district hospital Maniklal Das were present at the programme.

The CMOH added that under the scheme a mother from the BPL section is eligible to receive a sum of Rs 1790 if the delivery takes place in a government hospital. A grant of Rs 2,000 will also be made available to poor patients in district and subdivisional hospitals, he added. Banik said the rural poor were not aware of the scheme and asked the block medical officers to start an awareness campaign.