‘KCR Kits’ scheme is a super hit, says Laxma Reddy

The programme has helped in bringing down the infant mortality rate from 39 to 28 per one lakh live births since it was introduced.

By Author  |  Published: 3rd Nov 2017  7:12 pmUpdated: 3rd Nov 2017  8:48 pm
Laxma Reddy
File photo: Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy.

Hyderabad: Minister for Health Dr Laxma Reddy on Friday said the government has decided to give an incentive of Rs 2,000 to hospitals for each delivery, of which Rs 500 each will go to the doctors and paramedical staff and Rs 1,000 would be utilised towards expenditure of hospitals concerned.

Replying to a discussion on ‘KCR Kits’ in the State Legislative Assembly, Reddy said those working overtime with commitment, despite rise in patient rush in government hospitals and primary health centres because of distribution of KCR Kits and improved facilities, deserved all appreciation and due recognition. This was the reason why Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced additional incentives to the doctors, he said.

Stating that the new incentive would be implemented soon, he said that before introduction of KCR Kits, of the 6,50,000 deliveries registered in the State every year, private hospitals accounted for nearly 70 per cent, while 30 per cent of the deliveries were undertaken in government hospitals. “KCR Kits is super hit” is how the general public have been acknowledging the scheme all over the State.

Now, the share of institutional deliveries taken up by the government hospitals has shot up to 55 per cent while the share of private hospitals came down to 45 per cent. Of the 94,000 deliveries registered after introduction of the scheme, 92,000 cases were covered under the programme and each one of them was provided with a KCR Kit.

The Government has spent Rs 85 crores so far on the scheme. The programme has helped in bringing down the infant mortality rate from 39 to 28 per one lakh live births since it was introduced. The maternal mortality rate had also shown a decline from 90 to 70 (per 1,00,000 deliveries), he said.