Drop in the number of institutional deliveries irks Neetu Prasad
Drop in the number of institutional deliveries being reported in the district has irked Collector Neetu Prasad and made her issue memos to the medical officers concerned. Medical officers of the primary health centres at Maredumilli, Kothapeta, Kotananduru, Tondangi, Ubalanka, Rowthulapudi, and Tallarevu were given the memos as the number of institutional deliveries in the PHCs this year were less when compared to last year.
Ms. Neetu, while addressing a review meeting of the medical and health officers here on Wednesday, sought an explanation from the officials for the steep drop in the figures. Holding them responsible for it, she said that ensuring institutional deliveries was one of the important functions of the PHCs and laxity in any form would not be tolerated.
“The statistics indicated that more and more people are depending on private nursing homes for deliveries. Even in the Agency areas, the scenario of institutional deliveries is not at all encouraging,” she observed. Taking objection to the District Medical and Health Officer for not issuing memos to the specialist doctors who were assigned duties in the PHCs but failed to turn up, the Collector said that it was of no use to be soft with the erring staff.
Referring to the Aadhaar-linked direct cash transfer to be launched in the district from next month, Ms. Neetu said that the benefits under Janani Suraksha Yojna would also be credited directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
She asked the medical staff to ensure Aadhaar enrolment and bank account to all the pregnant, so that the cash reward could be credited into the account. She said that there would not be any payments in the form of cheques henceforth.