Gajwel: Navaneetha Dasala spent over Rs 25,000 for her first delivery at a private hospital in Gajwel town four years ago. However, she did not spend a single rupee for her second delivery in November this year, thanks to Cemonc (Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care) High-Risk Pregnancy Unit, set up by the government in Gajwel.
Cemonc has come as a boon for women like Navaneetha, whose husband works as a daily wager. The centre provides healthcare on a par with private hospitals, and statistics prove it.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Dr Kasinath of the CEMONC said they used to perform just 15 deliveries in a month since a maternity ward was set up in Area Hospital, Gajwel in 2001. But with the coming up of Cemnoc, this has increased to around 200 deliveries. He said they had performed 2,395 deliveries in 2015, 2,881 in 2016 and 3,190 deliveries until November 30, 2017.
Stating that they has been a steady rise in the women visiting Cemonc since it started functioning in January 2015, Dr Kasinath said that government had provided additional nursing staff, doctors and other staff at the hospital for round-the-clock services.
Special Officer of Gajwel Area Development Authority M Hanumantha Rao said they were reviewing the functioning of the centre from time to time to upgrade it.
Another new mother, K Swathi, a resident of Toopran, said many women were coming to government hospital since the KCR Kit was introduced during last June.