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RS 400 INCENTIVE FOR WOMEN WHO DELIVER IN CIVIC HOSPITALS

women-incentiveAlong with their bonny babies, women who deliver in civic hospitals can walk out with a bearer cheque of Rs 400. In a bid to promote institutional deliveries, MCGM has started offering cash as well as medicines worth Rs 400 during their pregnancy. MCGM officials sais that this promotion is in keeping with the state government’s Matrutva Anudan Yojana which was announced in February. Currently, around 96% of the total births in Mumbai occur in hospitals. Moreover, institutional births could help cut the death and infection rates among children and mothers. The rate of infection is lower in hospitals, say doctors. Maternal mortality rate stands at 26 per 1,000 while infant mortality rate is 35 per 1,000. The Rs 800 health package may not seem much, but there is a more for women hailing from SC/ST and below poverty line families; they can also claim Rs 700 under the existing Janani Suraksha Yojana. This means they can claim Rs 1,500 in total for first two pregnancies.

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