No transport facility for women after delivery at Jalandhar civil hospital

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2016 14:25 IST
A migrant woman, Kiran, with her newborn in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

The Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital here has not been following the guidelines of the centrally funded Janani Shishu Suraksha Programme as women are not being dropped at their homes after deliveries. Under the programme, they are entitled to free transport facility from the health institution.

Earlier, the facility was being given through ‘108’ ambulances but the service was suspended in February. Now women are forced to arrange their own transport to go home after deliveries in the hospital.

The programme, which was started in 2011, clearly states free transport from home to health institutions, free transport between facilities in case of referral cases and free drop back from institutions to home to women before and after deliveries.

A migrant woman Kiran, 24, a resident of Manjeet Nagar, who gave birth to a baby boy on July 27 in the civil hospital here, said, “After staying there for two days, I came back home in a local bus along with her husband Santosh, who works as a welder in a factory”.

She said she did not know about the scheme. She said was taken to the hospital in an ‘108’ ambulance after labour pains started but they came back on their own.

Ranjeeta, 26, who lives in New Dilbagh Nagar, who delivered a baby boy in the civil hospital three months ago, claimed that her husband Feku Ram hired an auto rickshaw to reach home.

Munni, 28, another woman, who became a mother of a baby girl, told that her husband Nagesh Chaudhary, 35, brought her the home on his bike.

District family and welfare officer Dr Gurmeet Kaur Duggal said that there are clear instructions to each health centre to drop women home after deliveries.

She asked the correspondent to contact the medical superintendent of civil hospital in this regard.

Medical superintendent Dr Varinder Singh was unavailable for comments.

National Health Mission’s managing director Hussan Lal said that it is the responsibility of health institutions to drop the women and newborn child at their homes safely.

Lal informed that if guidelines are not being followed he would look into the issue.

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