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Vishav Bharti , Hindustan Times
CHANDIGARH, September 11, 2013
The lethargy of the hospital administration of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has deprived at least 10,000 women from free child delivery and other key benefits under the Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) funded by the central government. These women were charged a minimum of Rs. 2,000 each.

The PGIMER has not even introduced the JSSK, which was started in government hospitals in June 2011 to promote institutional deliveries so that infant and maternal mortality rate could be brought down. Under the JSSK, all below- and above-poverty line mothers and children are entitled to cashless treatment, including medicines, and are provided post-natal care too.

Sources in the PGIMER administration revealed that the scheme couldn't be introduced due to the sheer lethargy of the top bosses and the medical superintendent's office. The PGIMER is the only government hospital in Chandigarh that doesn't have the JSSK, while the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, (GMCH-32) and Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, (GMSH-16) introduced it in 2011.

According to PGIMER's own statistics, at least 10,000 women delivered babies in the period in which the institute failed to start the scheme. "Now we are in the advanced stage of implementing the scheme," said the institute's spokesperson on Tuesday.

Benefits denied

*Under the Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), funded 100& by union govt, free and cashless delivery, diagnostic services, including free C-section and blood, diet, medicines

*Free treatment of sick newborn for up to a month, including drugs and consumables, diagnostics, blood, and exemption from user charges
 
*Free transport from home to health institutions, and transport between facilities in case of referral, then free drop back home after 48-hr stay