Hyderabad, January 3
The Telangana government seems keen on providing priority to the health of poor people in the State and to provide quality health services to all. KCR offers incentives for institutional deliveries of babies.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao held a review meeting with medical and health officials at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the medical services being extended to the poor.
KCR expressed concern over the provisions to pregnant women and said it has become a problem for the poor to pay thousands of rupees for deliveries at private hospitals.
He directed the officials to make required apparatus, medicines and staff available in the government hospitals. Still deliveries are being done in remote villages at adivasi and tribal peoples’ houses, which poses a life threat to both mother and child, KCR said.
He suggested to create awareness about the dangers in home deliveries through cultural programmes. He announced incentives to those who opt for institutional deliveries. He instructed officials to provide a kit needed for an infant at free of cost for the first three months. Funds for this would be released in next budget, he assured. KCR said that he will strive to reduce infant mortality to zero.