Hyderabad: Two prestigious welfare schemes of the State government, ‘Amma Vodi’ and ‘KCR Kits’, both aimed at improving mother and child health in Telangana, are set to be launched on State Formation Day on June 2.
While the ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme involves direct cash transfer to individual accounts of pregnant women in the State, the KCR kits are aimed at providing 16 vital items necessary to keep newborn babies (neonates) warm and hygienic.
To ensure that the scheme is effectively implemented and the cash transfer reaches eligible pregnant women, the authorities have decided to launch an Aadhar-based Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) software, which will enable healthcare workers to track women at every stage of pregnancy.
Under the ‘Amma Vodi’ scheme, the government is aiming to cover 2.5 lakh pregnant women in the State with each woman to receive Rs 12,000. An additional Rs 1,000 will be provided in case the newborn is a girl. The government is also procuring close to 2.5 lakh KCR kits each costing Rs 2,000.
The Rs 12,000 cash transfer will be made in three stages with beneficiaries receiving Rs 4,000 each during the first visit to a government hospital after conceiving, during delivery in a State-run hospital and after getting discharged, to meet the expenses for the child’s vaccination.
On Monday, Health Minister C Laxma Reddy reviewed the preparedness of authorities to implement both the schemes. Through the MCTS system, not only will health officials be able to track the health of pregnant women but will also be able to ensure that cash benefits and the KCR kits reach those eligible, Dr Reddy said.
MCTS is part of the National Health Mission (NHM) project of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), which involves supplying tablets to Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs) at the district and mandal levels.
Instead of carrying bulky registers, the ANMs, who are field level healthcare workers, will carry digital tablets to collect information from pregnant women. They will be responsible to collect and feed information related to pregnancy of the women in the tablet’s software.
The health information of individual pregnant women gets uploaded on to a central server, which will then enable senior government doctors and officials to track the women throughout their pregnancy. As a pilot project, health authorities have already implemented the MCTS project by collecting information of pregnant women in Mahabubnagar district, which was demonstrated by officials in the review meeting.