August 13, 2008

Plan to Improve Sex Ratio Gets CM’s Nod

By Surender Dhiman

Chandigarh: To boost the falling sex ratio in Haryana the health department has formulated a new scheme, Jacha Bacha Yojna, under which if a female child is born in a health institution then the doctor and multipurpose health worker will get an incentive of Rs 600 each. For a male child it is Rs 400. The staff nurse will get Rs 100, laboratory technician and cleaner Rs 50 for every delivery. Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has given his nod to the scheme.

Presently, 5.25 lakh deliveries take place in a year in the state, of which 3.75 lakh are reported in rural areas. Of these only 18% are done in government institutions. The National Rural Health Mission has made it mandatory to reduce the MMR, IMR and skewed sex ratio.

"There is a need to substantially enhance institutional deliveries by converting all sub-centres , primary health and community health centres as preferred ones for institutional deliveries," said Anuradha Gupta, financial commissioner and principal secretary, health department, Haryana. A system of regular ante-natal check up and measures to reduce anemia and ensure health of pregnant women had also been worked out, she added.

Anuradha said, "High risk pregnancies will be identified well in advance to tie up proper referral." She added that the chief minister would launch the new scheme in the state on Independence Day.

Health centre docs to work in rural areas

Doctors, multi-purpose health worker will have to go to the rural areas for a fixed tenure. Anuradha Gupta said, "Every doctor of a public health and community health centre will have to go to rural areas as per roster. The fixed day visit schedule is being notified to all sarpanches, headmaster/principal in schools and angarwaris."

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