Berhampur, Dec 27 (LocalWire) In a bid to encourage institutional delivery and avoid childbirth on the way to hospital, Kandhamal district administration has introduced a “delivery” van – a first-of-its kind initiative in the state.
A vehicle has been put on the roads, equipped with all necessary facilities for child delivery in an emergency case.
At least two nurses and attendants will be present along with the driver, with essential drugs and consumables stocked in the van to facilitate delivery of an expectant mother in an emergency case.
Odisha health minister Pratap Jena inaugurated the at Phulbani recently.
The delivery van will be stationed at Phiringia Community Health Center (CHC) at present.
“The number of vans and service will be extended to other areas after seeing its success,” said collector Brundha. D.
Besides the delivery van, two more bike ambulance for Daringibadi and Tumudibandha blocks and three Janani auto for Daringibadi blocks have also been introduced.
Earlier, the district administration had introduced three bike ambulances and 11 Janani autos to carry pregnant women from remote places to nearby hospitals.
These vehicles are in service in addition to existing government ambulances like 108, 102 and Arogya Plus, the collector said.
‘The Janani auto is nothing, but an auto-rickshaw in the area designated as Janani auto. The vehicle will carry pregnant women to hospitals at priority basis and the fare will be provided to the driver as per the norm of the government,” said National Health Mission (NHM) programme manager Kandhamal Bulu Nath Sahu.
With these initiatives, home delivery of babies, which stood at 282 in 2017, was reduced to 15 at present in the district, he said.
The the rate of institutional delivery in the district is highest in the state and stands at 97 percent, he claimed.