Mancherial: Once deprived of basic amenities and plagued with poor maternity services, the Primary Health Centre of Kotapalli mandal centre has now become a reliable destination for the pregnant women with registering of highest number of deliveries in the district. Thanks to the efforts of Medical and Health Department officials and the introduction of KCR kits.
Located on the borders of the district in Chennur Assembly Constituency, Kotapalli’s Primary Health Centre used to have poor infrastructure. Consequently, it failed to draw the attention of patients, in particular, pregnant women in several villages of this remote mandal and surrounding mandals. However, this PHC is now leading among other centres of the district in offering improved maternity services.
Significantly, the centre registered 120 deliveries in 2017, topping all of centres of the district. This transformation can be attributed to efficiency and determination of officials of the facility.
Dr Sahitya and Nikhil Goud, officials of the centre, nurses and other staff played a vital role in converting the PHC into a dependable destination for the pregnant women belonging to rural parts.
These two doctors have been rendering round-the-clock quality maternity services to pregnant women. They are conducting medical investigations of these women every Tuesday. Similarly, nurses and ASHA workers created awareness over benefits of institutional deliveries among the women, who were earlier thronging private hospitals situated at least 40 km away from Kotapalli.
Meanwhile, KCR Kits being distributed to the pregnant women under ‘Amma Odi’ scheme implemented since June 2 of 2017, helped the centre to increase the number of deliveries per month. The kits contain baby shampoo, baby oil, powder, napkin, dresses, mosquito net, a small mattress, diapers, towel, toys handbag, cotton sarees useful for newborn mothers and infants.
The beneficiaries of this ambitious scheme of State government are extended a cash incentive of Rs 13,000 if they give birth to baby girl, Rs 12,000 in case of baby boy in three installments. With the help of these multiple factors, the centre began recording spurt in institutional deliveries and could become a source of better maternity services.
“Pregnant women were hesitating to visit government health centres in the past. But, I came to this centre upon learning about the maternity services offered here. I had a safe and hassle-free delivery.” Jayaprada, a native of Suddala village in Chennur mandal said. She remarked that one could trust the services at the PHC of Kotapalli mandal.