The health department has asked all civil surgeons to start the facility of dropping women home after delivery in government hospitals.
The facility was discontinued by ambulance ‘108’ in February.
The department has ordered them to hire a small and non-air conditioner vehicle to drop the women at their homes without any problem.
They have been asked to use National Health Mission (NHM) funds for the purpose. The facility will be restarted in each delivery centre of the district.
The decision was taken at a recent meeting held at Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, ambulance ‘108’ is continuing to bring the women to health centres for delivery.
Since the dropping home facility was stopped, the families were ferrying the mother and new born of their own back to home and facing difficulties. Several complaints were also lodged on the state health helpline 104 in this regard by the people.
Madho Dass, a resident of Gohir, whose wife gave birth to a baby girl a few days ago at the civil hospital, said that hiring private ambulance is a costly affair as they charge between Rs 500-600 to drop them at their house.
He said that the dropping facility should be restarted by the department to help poor people.
The department had recorded 11,625 deliveries in government hospitals, including 5,909 only in Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital, and other 12 community health centres (CHCs) at Nakodar, Phillaur, Kala Bakra, Kartarpur, Shahkot, Adampur, Nurmahal, Bara Pind, PAP and other primary health centres (PHCs) from April 2015 to March 2016 in the district.
A senior official said that the Central government’s Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) envisages free dropping back facility, but the state government failed to follow the directions.
Senior medical officer Dr Sangeeta Kapoor said that the department was finalising proceedings in this regard and very soon, the facility would be started by the department.
The NHM’s managing director Hussan Lal was unavailable for comments