Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad to compensate women for opting institutional deliveries

Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad's health department has decided to give an extra compensation of Rs 2,300 apart from Rs 700 which pregnant women get from the central government. This initiative aims at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rate and to achieve 100 per cent institutional deliveries

Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad to compensate women for opting institutional deliveries

In a bid to tackle maternal and neonatal mortality and to achieve 100 per cent institutional deliveries, Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad’s (ZP) health department has decided to go one step ahead of the central government’s Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY).

The beneficiaries of JSY would now onwards get an extra compensation of Rs 2,300 apart from Rs 700 that they get from the central government. This extra compensation would directly be transferred to beneficiary’s bank account by the Ahmednagar ZP.

Dr Bapusaheb Nagargoje, District Health Officer (DHO), Ahmednagar, said, “We want to make our district achieve 100 per cent institutional deliveries. If this is achieved, we will be able to reduce our maternal and neonatal death rate. With this aim we have started our with own contribution to the scheme.”

“We have already allotted the funds for the same from our ZP budget and money will be transferred to the bank accounts of these beneficiaries by next week. The implementation of the scheme would start with the retrospective effect of April 2017. The compensation of Rs 3,000 is lucrative for poor pregnant women to come to the hospital for delivery,” he added.

Ahmednagar, in 2016-17, had seen 14 maternal deaths and 875 deaths of children between the age of zero to one year. During the same period, as many as 109 deaths of children between the age of one and five years were reported in the district.

Last year, the district had seen 66,477 institutional deliveries, while 239 cases of home deliveries were reported during the same period. In 2016-17, the Infant Mortality Rate of the district was 13.18 per cent, while Maternal Mortality Rate was 21.09 per cent.

With this initiative, a pregnant woman from rural area of the Ahmednagar district who opts for institutional delivery would get Rs 3,000 as compensation. The extra compensation would be made available only to pregnant women from rural areas.

JSY is a safe motherhood intervention under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). It is being implemented with the objective of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among pregnant women who are poor. The scheme offers compensation for the pregnant women Below Poverty Line, apart from scheduled caste, scheduled tribe women who come for institutional delivery.