Hyderabad: The State government’s flagship KCR Kits scheme to provide financial incentives and safer delivery options for pregnant women at government hospitals has continued to break new ground in Telangana. The unique scheme that has fuelled admissions of pregnant women to government hospitals has now received a staggering 14.50 lakh registrations from expecting mothers across the State.
To a large extent, the scheme has also managed to meet the all-important target of fuelling institutional deliveries, specially admissions of pregnant women to government hospitals. Since June 2017, admissions of pregnant women at government hospitals in districts increased by 40 per cent while in urban centres, the rise in admissions hovers between 20 per cent and 35 per cent.
Apart from attracting registrations, since its launch, the health authorities have so far distributed close to 4.5 lakh KCR Kits, which comprises of nearly 16 items including sarees for mothers, t-shirts and dress for infant, toy, towel, baby mattresses, baby kit containing baby powder, oil, soaps etc.
The unique aspect of the KCR Kits is the financial incentive, which is released in five instalments coinciding with the number of visits the pregnant women makes to the government hospital. As part of the financial incentive, the State government has released over Rs. 350 crore towards to pregnant women in TS.
Interestingly, the scheme also had a positive impact in improving immunisation rates among infants. A financial incentive of Rs 5,000 is deposited directly into women’s bank account after the first (after 3 months of delivery) and second immunisation (after 9 months of delivery), which has led to the increase of immunisation rates to close to 95 per cent in the State.
Overall, since its launch, the KCR Kits scheme has seen a total expenditure of over Rs 350 crore with authorities spending close to Rs 50 crore to procure the kits. Apart from providing the custom-made KCR Kits, the scheme envisages direct cash transfer of Rs 12,000 to women who have delivered a boy and Rs 13,000 for women who delivered a girl child.