With a view to prevent unnecessary referral of pregnant women to private health facilities and eliminate the expenditure incurred by them in such facilities, the Haryana Health Department has resumed Caesarean Section (C-Section) services in Sub-Divisional Hospital, Mahendragarh and Civil Hospital, Sector 10, Gurugram after a gap of several years.
An official spokesperson said that C-Section services had been resumed at Sub-Divisional Hospital, Mahendragarh after a gap of four years by hiring private specialists on call basis at increased rates under the Mission. Regular doctors, including Medical Officers, anaesthetist and paediatrician, have also been posted at the hospital.
Apart from this, C-Section services and free ultrasound facilities for pregnant women have also been started at Civil Hospital, Gurugram. The Haryana government is providing free ante-natal and C-Section services in the government hospitals.
He said that as a result of this, women requiring C-Section would not have to approach private facilities for the procedure, where they have to make out-of-pocket expenditure of about Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per case.
This would lead to increase in the number of C-Sections conducted in government health facilities and would prove to be instrumental in reducing the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the state.
The Health department was making continuous efforts to operationalise First Referral Units (FRUs) in the state, which is one of the key strategies to reduce the MMR and IMR. In Haryana, there are designated 40 FRUs out of which 32 FRUs are currently providing C-Section services. “Operationalisation of FRU Mahendragarh, district Narnaul was a challenging task given the fact that Mahendragarh is an economically and geographically backward area with limited availability of triad of specialists, including gynaecologist, anaesthetist and paediatrician. The FRU had been non-functional for the last four years. We are endeavouring to make more FRUs functional this year,” he added.