Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said that since April this year, about 3,207 expecting mothers had benefited under a new scheme launched by the state government for pregnant women called Janani Suraksha Yojana.
In a statement issue here on Monday, the deputy commissioner said as many as 298 women who delivered in their houses, also took advantage of the scheme. He said government hospitals had been equipped with hi-tech equipment and all essential services to ensure timely medical assistance to all, especially expectant women and children.
The newly-launched health scheme for expectant mothers and infants has proved to be a boon for women below the poverty line.
Thind said that women who reside in rural areas and opt for institutional deliveries are paid `700 and similarly in urban areas, `600 is given to the new mothers. He also said that mothers who delivered in their houses got `500.
Expectant mothers in the age group of 19-45 years can avail benefits of the scheme, said Thind. Civil surgeon Subodh Gupta said the district health department was taking adequate steps to speed up the awareness campaign launched to highlight the schemes of the state government. The ASHA workers have also been roped in for the task.