TRS government comes out with another unique scheme to encourage normal deliveries.

The State government has announced a cash incentive to personnel working in government hospitals to ensure normal deliveries to cesarean operations.

Accordingly, the government will pay cash of Rs 1,000 to doctors who performed delivery, Rs 1,000 to Staff Nurse or ANM, Rs 500 to Ayah or sanitation workers, Rs 250 to sub-center ANM, and Rs 250 to Aasha worker. In total, normal delivery will get Rs 3,000 cash incentive as part of the team-based incentive, according to Health Minister Mr T Harish Rao.

With the introduction of KCR Kits, institutional deliveries have increased phenomenally in all government hospitals. Now the government targets to discourage people and medical staff from opting for cesarean operations.

The state government has set certain conditions for the purpose as well. Accordingly, a teaching hospital has to perform a minimum of 350 normal deliveries per month; district hospital 250, area hospital 150, community health centre 50, 24 hours PHC 10 and PHC/UPHC has to perform five normal deliveries per month to be eligible for the cash incentive.

The normal deliveries that took place in those hospitals in 2021-2022 were set as the benchmark. As per World Health Organisation, 85 percent of deliveries should take place in hospitals and state hospitals should reach that target. The cash incentive scheme was aimed at benefitting all those involved in the performance of normal deliveries, the health minister said.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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