Minister discusses facilities available under the mission at general body meeting
MANGALORE: The general body meeting of the National Rural Health Mission held under the chairmanship of district in-charge Minister B. Nagaraj Shetty here on Friday discussed various facilities that will be available under the mission and their proper utilisation.
Mr. Nagaraj Shetty said rural health had been given a boost by the Union Government's mission, which would help improve basic health facilities in rural areas.
He observed that the Government would deposit Rs. 10,000 in the account of every auxiliary nursing midwife in the district. It would be used for various purposes related to women and child health monitoring, transportation of expectant mothers belonging to the below poverty line families to the nearest delivery centres, their nursing and monitoring.
A special nine-member district committee had been set up for monitoring the mission programmes in rural areas which would be headed by the zilla panchayat president. The chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat would be the secretary and auxiliary nursing midwives of different areas would be secretaries in their respective areas, the Minister said.
Another component of the mission programme was the Janani Suraksha Yojana where expectant mothers of the below poverty line families would be given nutrition and pre-natal care, he said and added that a medical team serving in the area would monitor them.
Mr. Nagaraj Shetty was told by panchayat chief executive officer K.M. Kunjappa that the Government had deposited Rs. 43,10,000 for this purpose in the district.
The sum would soon be distributed among the auxiliary nursing midwives, the Minister said.
An additional Rs. 7 lakhs had also been earmarked for the Janani Suraksha Yojana for the district, Mr. Kunjappa added.
Mr. Nagaraj Shetty said medical personnel who treated the below poverty line families in maternity cases would be given incentives especially if it was during night.
A special State-level award for the outstanding auxiliary nursing midwife carrying a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 had been instituted under the mission, he said.