|Over 100 free deliveries at Satribari Hospital|
GUWAHATI, Feb 10 – The Satribari Christian Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in the region known for its mother and child care facilities has conducted over 100 free deliveries in the year 2013-14 under the government’s National Health Mission. It is among the only two private hospitals in Kamrup accredited by NRHM to offer cashless delivery service to poor pregnant women.
The service under this scheme is offered to pregnant women belonging to BPL families, who meet the criteria set as per guidelines, and provides for free institutional deliveries, be it normal birth or Caesarean operation. Benefits under this scheme include free drugs, free diagnostic tests such as blood test, urine test, ultra sonography etc., as prescribed by the medical officer. The scheme falls under Janani Suraksha Yojana, a save motherhood intervention programme under NRHM, for promoting institutional delivery among the poor pregnant women. The 100-bedded hospital has been running the programme since 2008, which has benefited hundreds of women from Kamrup and nearby areas. Commenting on the infrastructural facilities available at Satribari to run the programme, Manesh Mathew, CEO, Satribari Christian Hospital said, “At Satribari, we have a team of highly trained gynaecologists, obstetricians and dedicated nursing staff that can provide first-rate obstetrics care to expecting mothers, in a caring atmosphere. This has increased the choice available to expectant BPL mothers who can now look beyond government hospitals to handle their delivery.”
Instituted in 1926, the hospital provides high quality, affordable care to the people of the North-east. Primarily known for mother and child care and basic specialities like general surgery and general medicine, the charitable mission hospital has recently added key specialities like neonatal care, intensive medicine, orthopaedics, urology and geriatric care, a press release stated.