Increase in number of deliveries at PHCs

Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: With the provision of more facilities and additional equipment at primary health centres, deliveries at primary health centres had been increased substantially last year, said Collector M. Vallalar.

He was presiding over a review meeting of the 11th Plan Scheme held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday.

Total deliveries at government headquarter hospital were scaled down to 6,403 in 2008-09 from 7,538 in 2007-08. At the same time, deliveries at the primary health centres were shot up to 4,748 in 2008-09 from 2,735 in 2007-08, he said.

This figure would reduce further this year. The Department of Health Services had upgraded primary health centres by providing more equipment, enhancing bed facilities, deputing medical and para-medical staff and stocking sufficient medicines.

The effective implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme had brought down migration rate to urban areas from villages. A total of Rs.44.30 crore were disbursed to 1.15 lakh landless women labourers and Rs.10.39 crore to 26,887 rural men under the scheme last year. Savings in rural areas had also increased.

The State Planning Commission Chairman R. Srinivasan and others took part.

The Commission heads had discussed in detail on the implementation of NREGS, Indira Awas Yojana, Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana, National Rural Health Mission projects, maternal death, progress in family planning, tribal health care and Adi Dravidar welfare and performance of Kallar reclamation schools. They also interacted with officials about practical difficulties, if any, in implementing these projects.

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