Berhampur, June 22 (LocalWire): As many as 4353 women in the tribal dominated Kandhamal district have delivered babies at different arranged delivery points during the three-month lockdown period from March to May.
Despite the public transport services being suspended during the period, pregnant women in several remote areas could successfully reach the nearest delivery points with the help of bike ambulance, delivery vans and Janani autos, introduced by the district administration around a year ago.
Hence, the district has bagged the coveted SKOCH award recently for successful implementation of the scheme of bike ambulance, delivery vans and Janani autos.
“In fact, these vehicles help a lot to ferry the pregnant women to the delivery points from their villages,” said Kandhamal collector Brundha D.
“We are happy our effort was recognized by the SKOCH award,” she added.
The SKOCH Group has been felicitating India’s highest independent civilian honours since 2003 to individuals and institutions having done meritorious works in the field of governance, finance, banking, disaster management, technology, corporate citizenship, economics and inclusive growth.
“District administration had introduced five bike-ambulances, two delivery vans and nine Janani autos to ferry the pregnant women to the nearest hospitals a year ago.
During the three-month lockdown period, the bike-ambulances and delivery vans had transported 389 pregnant women to the nearest hospitals in different places for deliveries,” said Deputy Manager, Reproductive Child Health (DMRCH) Ashish Kumar Mohanty.
While five bike ambulances stationed at Phiringia, Katingia, Budagada, Lankagada and Khamankhol had ferried 175 pregnant women to the nearest delivery points, two delivery vans had transported 214 pregnant women during the period, he said.