New scheme for safe motherhood in rurals

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate, the state government on Saturday decided to launch a new scheme called "Mamata".

"The scheme will benefit more than seven lakh pregnant women and new-born babies in rural areas. The scheme will be launched in September this year," chief minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after presiding over a meeting here.

The scheme will benefit rural women, especially those pregnant women who are working as labourers. "It will help promote new born care, vaccination and other health benefits for pregnant women as well as child care services," he said.

As per the scheme, an assistance of Rs 5000 will be given to each pregnant woman in four installments. The first installment of Rs 1,500 will be paid after 6 months of pregnancy with registration and vaccination in an Anganwadi centre.

The second installment of Rs 1,500 will be paid when the new born is three months old with registration and appropriate vaccination of the child.

The third and fourth installments of Rs 1,000 each will be provided when the new born is six and nine months old with appropriate vaccination and new born care.

This scheme will, however, be applicable for the first two pregnancies of a woman. "All rural women will be eligible under the scheme except for the families of state government, Central government and PSU employees," Health and Family welfare minister Prasana Acharya said.