Maharashtra govt. has decided to launch Baby Care Kit Scheme to provide Rs. 2,000 worth baby care kits as a gift to moms on birth of children. Now, all the new born children born in state primary health care centers or government hospitals will get these free kits. Moreover, this scheme would be applicable for the first child in the family.
These baby care kits will be given to the mothers of new born babies to encourage them to give birth to their child in hospitals. This would ensure that the children gets mother’s milk and proper nourishment. Such a scheme is operating in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and it has shown good results in those states.
This scheme in Maharashtra will ensure that the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is reduced in the state. Department is under the process to draft a proposal worth Rs. 80 crore to provide the kits.
Baby Care Kit Scheme Maharashtra – Items List
All the Baby Care Kit would comprises of the following items which would cost around Rs. 2,000 in the market as mentioned in the list below:-
- Baby Clothes
- A Small Bed
- Towel, Plastic Diaper (Nappies)
- Body Massage Oil
- Mosquito Net
- Wollen Blanket
- Nail Cutter
- Hand Gloves
- Body Wash Liquid
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wollen Clothes for Mother
- Small Toys
As per the answer to a RTI query, around 13,500 infants died between April 2017 and February 2018. Out of these children, around 22% were born premature, 7% with contracted pneumonia, 12% died with asphyxia, 10% has congenital malformations and 7% contracted various other infections.
Dept. of women and child development claimed that out of the 20 lakh pregnant women (8 lakh in urban areas & 12 lakh in rural areas) who gives birth annually, only 50% of such women get their names registered in the state health care centers and government hospitals. Moreover, around 4 lakh are first time mothers.
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The cabinet committee has also approved proposal to seek loan of Rs. 6,985 cr from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) for 48 projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).