Bengal govt to come up with more predelivery huts in remote areas
Kolkata: Bengal government aims to set up more ‘pre-delivery huts’ in the far-flung areas, to provide better health care facilities to pregnant women free of cost.The scheme was started by the state government, which was later announced as a model project by the Centre. After seeing the success of the scheme, the state Health department is planning to set up more pre-delivery huts in remote areas.Otherwise known as ‘waiting huts’, these pre-delivery huts have turned out to be extremely beneficial for the pregnant women who often face difficulties in reaching the district hospitals, as they stay in far-off areas. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe project was started by the state Health department in the rural areas, following instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who laid enormous emphasis on institutional deliveries in remote areas.It is the Chief Minister’s relentless efforts, that have brought about significant changes in this field. The project was initiated so that expectant mothers from South 24-Parganas and particularly areas surrounded by various rivers, do not face any difficulties in giving birth to their babies. It is not always possible to transport the patients from the farthest corners to the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe main purpose of setting up the ‘waiting huts’ was to reduce infant mortality rate and also the death of mothers before or after delivery. It has often been seen that it becomes difficult for women to travel long distances to reach a health centre for an institutional delivery, as their families fail to pay for vehicles. Even health check-up of expectant mothers belonging to remote areas is not done.Earlier, it was seen that many expectant mothers would die along with their babies, while being transported to a hospital from their native place, due to lack of transportation infrastructure. People had to depend on mechanised boats to ferry a patient to the block primary health centres.Keeping this in mind, the state government is keen on constructing more such huts in the remotest areas. These huts are equipped to keep pregnant women for observation and total care for 7-10 days prior to the expected dates of delivery.The patients in these huts are kept under constant monitoring and are provided with good quality food free of cost.It may be mentioned that the parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women at the Centre has also showed interest in the project. It has been learnt that the Centre has proposed to consider it to be a model project.