The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has submitted a project to the State government to improve facilities in the gynaecology departments of select government hospitals, especially those in the rural areas of the district.

The project, designed to bring down instances of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), is expected to get approval from the State and Union governments within a month.

Government hospitals at Vadakara, Koyilandy, Thamarassery, Kuttiyadi, and Perambra are some of the institutions selected for the project. The Women and Children Hospital, Kottaparamba, and the Government General Hospital (Beach Hospital) too could benefit from the scheme.

“The new proposal is likely to play a major role in setting up, or improving the existing, blood storage facilities. All the selected hospitals in rural areas will get funds to set up blood storage facilities under the scheme,” said A. Baburaj, district programme manager of NRHM. He added that none of the hospitals in rural areas had advanced blood storage facilities.

Improvement of neonatal care facilities is another priority area where the proposal demands special governmental intervention. It has urged the government to post additional doctors and nursing staff in these selected institutions to reduce infant mortality. “If the project is approved, these hospitals will also have facilities to take care of pregnant women,” said Dr. Baburaj.