BHUBANESWAR: The State government has asked all Government Medical College and Hospitals (MCHs) for smooth implementation of guidelines made under expanded provisions of Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK).
The main aim of the JSSK scheme is to increase institutional delivery so as to reduce the instances of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and ensure that pregnant women and sick neonates access public health facilities at zero expenditure.
Health Department sources said all types of user fees will be exempted for JSSK beneficiaries during antenatal and postnatal period, including during delivery, and for sick infants in all public health facilities. The service would be provided in all delivery points, including Government Medical Colleges.
The free entitlement under JSSK has already been extended to all pregnant women coming for delivery, including antenatal and postnatal complications, in public health institutions besides, the sick newborn and infants up to one-year-old accessing public health systems.
The beneficiaries will be provided free drugs worth Rs 350 for each normal delivery and Rs 1,600 for cesarean. However, drugs and consumables for high risk pregnancy, postnatal complication cases during delivery and sick infants will be provided from essential drugs which are provided by the State Government.
Apart from free diagnostics, free blood and free diet, the JSSK beneficiaries will be provided free referral transport. The 102 ambulance service will be used mostly by these beneficiaries from home to health facility and one facility to another facility when required. In case of non-availability of 102 ambulance, the call centre would divert the call to 108 for picking up such cases.