Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao launched the KCR Kits programme, aimed at promoting institutional deliveries in State-run hospitals, at the Government Maternity Hospital in Petlaburj here on Saturday. His Cabinet colleagues launched the scheme in different government hospitals in the districts simultaneously across the State.
The Government Maternity Hospital wore a festive look on Saturday as a large number of new mothers and pregnant women arrived at the hospital. Under this scheme, women will be given a financial assistance of Rs 14,000 in four phases. An additional Rs 1,000 will be given in the case of delivery of a baby girl. The funds would be directly transferred to the bank accounts of pregnant women in four instalments. Further, a kit worth Rs 2,000 comprising soaps for the mother and child, baby oil, a cradle, a mosquito net, dresses, sarees, a handbag, towels, napkins, powder, diapers, shampoo and toys for the child.
The scheme, another flagship programme of the government, is aimed at reducing both maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate by encouraging institutional deliveries in government hospitals. The scheme will be applicable to two deliveries.
Interacts With Staff
The Chief Minister also launched a website of KCR Kits, which will enable both the officials and beneficiaries for live monitoring of the number of deliveries in government hospitals as well as status of the beneficiaries and the financial assistance released for them. He also interacted with the hospital staff and enquired about the facilities being provided to patients.
Health authorities collected the Aadhaar card data of about 4.7 lakh existing beneficiaries for implementation of the scheme. The health progress of the mother will be monitored by field-level health workers.
Rasheeda Begum of Charminar area was one of the six women to receive the KCR Kit from the Chief Minister himself. “For a poor family like us, the KCR Kits scheme, under which Rs 15,000 is provided, is a blessing,” said Rasheeda Begum, who gave birth to her first baby girl on Friday.
Nukala Navaneetha, another woman who gave birth to a boy on Friday, said receiving the KCR Kit was a defining moment. She said that receiving the kit from the hands of the Chief Minister was like himself blessing her son. “The Chief Minister inquired about the health of my son and me as well,” a beaming Navaneetha told reporters later.
6 Kits Given Away
In all, Chandrashekhar Rao handed over kits to six new mothers following the inauguration of the scheme which focuses on welfare of pregnant women and newborns by offering financial assistance to poor pregnant women in the State. Around 2.7 lakh pregnant women are expected to be benefited under the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister C Laxma Reddy said that the ANMs will go to the doorstep of pregnant women and computerise their details. They will also be issued mother-child welfare card and, based on the woman’s condition, they would suggest which hospital would be better for delivery. He said that the first instalment of Rs 3,000 would be transferred after a pregnant woman undergoes two health check-ups so that she can buy nutritious food.
Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, Deputy Chief Minister and Revenue Minister Mahmood Ali, Home Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy, Charminar MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, MLC K Janardhan Reddy, GHMC Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Special Chief Secretary for health Rajeshwar Tiwari, Commissioner of health Vakati Karuna and others were present.
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