Being at the top in the State with regard to launching high risk centres to attend to pregnant women, Medak district has been registering a steady increase in the number of deliveries in government hospitals.

Interesting revelations

In March alone, out of a total of 3,743 deliveries government hospitals registered 2,251 deliveries, including 240 deliveries in referral hospitals at Hyderabad. According to sources in the medical and health department, during the same period the deliveries registered in private hospitals stood at just 1,454.

While 60 per cent of deliveries were registered in government hospitals, 39 per cent were registered in private hospitals.

However, the revelation was that home deliveries were still taking place and that one per cent counted to 28 deliveries out of a total of 3,743 deliveries.

This was despite awareness programmes being taken up by the administration in every nook and cranny, pointing to the need for increased focus on programmes such as MAARPU.

The deliveries registered from April 2013 to March 2014 stood at 48,535 with about 50 per cent – that is 24,316 – conducted at government hospitals followed by 47 per cent -- that is 22,945 – in private hospitals and 1,247 deliveries done in homes.

Improvement of facilities

“Establishment of high risk centres at Siddipet and Patancheru, and special focus on conducting deliveries at community health centres (CHC) and primary health centres (PHCs) had resulted in achieving this progress. As many as 146 deliveries were conducted at the high risk centre located at Siddipet within two months of its establishment. We are trying to improve facilities in government hospitals by providing better facilities with National Health Mission funds,” said Collector Smita Sabharwal.