Chandigarh, March 15 – Haryana Government has decided to introduce two award schemes namely “Surakshit Maa Awards” and “Swasth Maa Award” from the next financial year in the state to promote institutional deliveries and create awareness and responsible health seeking behavior in pregnant women. A sum of Rs 81.50 lakh has been earmarked for implementation of these schemes for the year 2012-13.
While stating this here today, Haryana Health Minister, Rao Narender Singh said that both these schemes were proposed to be implemented in four districts of the state namely Mewat, Palwal, Jhajjar and Bhiwani and the women would be encouraged for early ante natal registration and time to time health check up.
He said that under the Surakshit Maa Awards, women who report for ante natal registration in the first trimester would become eligible to be registered for a draw of lottery every month in the sub centre. Out of all the women registered in the first trimester in a month at the sub-centre, a draw would be conducted at the end of month and three women would be selected for a prize of Rs 300 and they would be given utility items like utensils, containers or food items like one kg Desi Ghee worth this amount. These draws would be conducted every month at the sub centres of the four districts. At present there were 84 sub centres in Mewat district, 88 in Palwal, 214 in Bhiwani and 122 in Jhajjar.
He said that on the similar lines, Swasthya Maa Awards were also proposed for these districts. Under this scheme, antenatal women registered at the sub centres and primary health centres would be screened during ninth month (36 weeks of pregnancy) for their eligibility for Swasth Maa Award. This screening would be done every month and the women would be eligible for the awards if she filled the condition of registration during the first trimester of pregnancy, have received two doses of TT and booster dose of TT and their hemoglobin at 36 weeks of pregnancy was equal to or above 10 gms.
The Minister said that eligible women would be registered for a bumper draw every month at the concerned Primary Health Centre (PHC). The winner would get a prize worth Rs 1000 and they would be given utility items like mixie, grinder, salwar suits, shawals or food items like desi ghee, rice or dal worth this amount. As many as three bumper prizes would be given to the Swasth Maa every month at every PHCs. At present there were 10 PHCs in Mewat district, 11 in Palwal, 33 in Bhiwani and 20 in Jhajjar.
He said that the state government was making efforts to reduce the mother and infant mortality rates. Software based mother and infant tracking system had also been started under which monitoring of their health was carried out on computer during the pregnancy period. The efforts of the state Government in this regard had yielded positive results and the rate of institutional deliveries had reached 76 per cent whereas it was 49 per cent in 2006. A target has been set to achieve 80 per cent institutional deliveries in the year 2012, he added.