Pregnant women in rural areas of Nainital To Get Palanquin Service To Hospital

Dec 03 2020 06:27 PM
Pregnant women in rural areas of Nainital  To Get Palanquin Service To Hospital

Addressing the requirements of rural women who have to walk miles to reach the nearest hospital even during pregnancy, the Nainital district administration has introduced a palanquin service for ferrying women in labour to hospitals.

District Magistrate Savin Bansal released rupees ten lakh recently to the chief medical officer to arrange 500 'dolis' or palanquins for rural areas to bring pregnant women to the nearest road head or hospital for delivery.

The arrangement has been made, particularly for the villages located in hill development blocks of Dhari, Ramgarh, Okhalkanda, Betalghat and Bhimtal. Nainital has become the first district in Uttarakhand where such a step has been taken to address the plight of rural women. Bansal often goes to remote areas of the district on foot and understands the inconvenience suffered by residents in times of a medical emergency.

Some money will always be kept at the hospital and Rs 2,000 will be given to any person who is instrumental in bringing a pregnant woman in a palanquin to the hospital, Bansal said.

This service will be offered to villages located at a distance of more than one km from the nearest road head. The step is meant to lighten the difficulty of women in need of medical care in rural areas and also to reduce the mother-child mortality rate in the long run.

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