11 centres will be set up in government hospitals in Karimnagar district

In order to give a fillip to the ambitious “Amma Lalana” (mother’s nurture) programme launched by the district administration to encourage institutional deliveries particularly in the government hospitals, the district administration will set up help desks in all the hospitals in the district.

Disclosing this to newsmen, Collector Smita Sabharwal said 11 help desks would be opened at the government headquarters hospital, area hospitals of Godavarikhhani, Sircilla and Jagtial, and community health centres in Metpally, Peddapalli, Manthani, Mahadevpur, Huzurabad, Korutla and Jammikunta. The medical staff would be available round-the-clock at the help desks to provide necessary assistance and medicare to pregnant women.

At a meeting with the doctors, programme officers and medical staff here on Thursday, the Collector said that the hospitals would colourfully decorate the help desks to attract the patients and other visitors. They would be provided with facilities to alert the referral hospitals in case of emergencies and high risk pregnancy cases.

She also asked the doctors of primary health centres to identify the high risk cases well in advance and provide medication accordingly and shift the patients to the referral hospital during emergencies.

Appealing to the government doctors to ensure that the deliveries are taken up in PHCs, she said that this would reduce the burden on the poor people. She also instructed the ASHA workers to ensure that they encourage one delivery each month in the government hospital.

She instructed the personnel manning the help desks to maintain cordial relations with the patients and their relatives and provide all assistance for safe delivery of the pregnant women in the government hospital. DM&HO K Nageshwar, district hospital superintendent Narsinga Rao and others were also present.