NRHM a boon for rural women in border areas of Kashmir
Rural women in Kalaroos village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir have expressed gratitude towards the government for improving basic healthcare facilities at maternity health centers.
Over the past couple of months, they have experienced a significant improvement in the overall health ever since local administration took apt measures to rectify prevailing drawbacks resulting in revamping of the health centers with latest amenities.
The state government has launched the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the uplift of the health care facilities in the rural areas.
Shameema Akhtar, a resident, said: "The program is very beneficial as earlier people were not aware and large number of women and children died. Due to the health mission, deliveries are taking place properly and health of the children is also taken care of. The benefits include free ambulance service, free medicines at the time of delivery and Rs. 1400 is also provided to the expecting mothers."
The villagers said that death rate of the women and newborn has considerably decreased with the help of the new mission.
The Nodal Officer, NRHM, Fayaz Ahmed (doctor) briefed the reporters about the achievements after the introduction of NRHM program.
"Definitely, lot of changes have occurred from the time since NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) system has started here. For example, the deliveries are taking place under the NRHM scheme. The scheme has been launched by the central government. First, when I talk about normal deliveries, for example, if I talk about April to October 33 to 25 deliveries have taken place in a month. So, it is a progressive scheme," said Ahmed.
The heath centre under NRHM scheme also organises periodical free mobile medical camps with all facilities including ambulance services, blood tests, X-rays, Ultra sound and dental care in several villages.
Over the years India's public health and family welfare programmes have achieved notable gains.
The nutrition centers, and measures such as paying pregnant women to give birth in a clinic rather than at home, are part of the government's National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
It was started in 2005 to bring health services to people used to a choice between pawning jewellery for doctor's fees or simply suffering.
The scheme is intended to plug gaps in an older program that failed to reach children in the most critical first two years of life, educate mothers about nutrition and reign in corruption, which meant free food handouts went missing.