A survey of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) maternity homes in the city revealed that just 12 per cent of the 120 patients surveyed had received all their prescribed medicines, while a shocking 37 per cent had received no medicines at all.
The survey, released here on Thursday by Meena Nair, head of the Participatory Governance Research Group at Public Affairs Centre (PAC) and K. Sudha, Project Coordinator at the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), covered 12 maternity homes of the 24 run by the BBMP over a period of six months.
A disconcerting revelation in the survey was the lack of awareness and implementation of safe motherhood schemes such as the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and Madilu Yojana, under which mothers are given medical kits.
Not all get benefits
Of the 120 users questioned in the survey, only 26 were aware of the JSY. Of these, 12 per cent of the users in the below poverty line (BPL) category did not receive any benefits under the scheme.
While awareness of the Madilu Yojana was higher at 73 per cent, only 60 per cent of mothers who delivered in the maternity homes received the Madilu medical kit.
Infrastructure in place
However, not all was amiss at the homes, said the survey. Most users said their check-ups were conducted by doctors, and the survey found that most of the physical infrastructure was in place.
Though the homes had adequate lab testing facilities, the scanning facilities were found lacking, with 85 per cent of the users saying they had to visit private labs or referral hospitals for their scans.
Only 12 per cent of patients surveyed received all their prescribed medicines Study shows lack of awareness and implementation of motherhood schemes
Only 12 per cent of patients surveyed received all their prescribed medicines
Study shows lack of awareness and implementation of motherhood schemes