August 25, 2007

Post-natal kit for kids in Karnataka

If the cost of post-natal treatment in private hospitals appears prohibitive, here’s a remedy. The government, in a move to encourage delivery at its hospitals, will provide post-natal kits to all mothers.

Health and family welfare minister R Ashok on Friday said the scheme, ‘Madilu’, will take care of post-natal requirements of the mother and baby. Babies born after August 15, 2007, in government hospitals will be provided a kit costing Rs 825. The government has restricted these benefits to two children, and anaemic mothers will be given iron-content tablets.

The government announced Madilu in this year’s budget. The products included in the kit are manufactured in state-owned public sector units.

A sum of Rs 14.38 crore will be spent annually on the scheme.

Post-natal kit includes mosquito net, thick mattress, bedsheet, blanket, four body soaps, washing soap, a comb, coconut oil and a towel. Also, rubber sheet, bedsheet, mosquito net, blanket, four baby soaps, six diapers, six clothes, warm clothes, socks and woollen gloves

10 lakh deliveries take place annually. Of these, 7 lakh are from BPL families. Only 3.5 lakh deliveries happen in hospitals. Of 1,000 births, 50 children die within a year of birth. Of 1 lakh deliveries, 228 mothers die during delivery.

The government aims to increase deliveries in hospitals to 90% by 2010. By 2012, it aims at scaling down mortality rate to 30 children and 90 mothers.

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