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Gogoi inaugurates ‘Mamata’ for babies
GUWAHATI, APR 28 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 28 Apr. 2010 11:53 PM IST
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State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday inaugurated “Mamata” and “Morom” schemes for babies born in government hospitals and patients admitted to general wards of government health institutions. Under the “Mamata” scheme, the government will provide mosquito nets, baby soaps, powder, blankets, oil, towels, flannel cloth and plastic sheets for babies born in government hospitals, stated The Sentinel.
Those admitted to government hospitals will be given Rs 30 to Rs 75 in cash every day for a maximum of seven days under the “Morom” scheme.
The two schemes will be implemented in the State from May 1 onwards. Inaugurating the schemes, Gogoi hoped that “Mamata” and “Morom” would bring about a change in the State health sector. “The State Government always gives priority to the health and education sectors and will continue to do so,” the Chief Minister added.
The “Morom” scheme will provide “financial support for indoor patients of government health institutes for supplementary nutrition and compensation for wage loss during hospitalization and post-hospital expenses”.
The “Mamata” scheme seeks to provide “complete post-natal care for the mother and newborn by ensuring a post-delivery hospital stay of 48 hours, thereby reducing maternal mortality”.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government would have to bear an annual expenditure of Rs 25 core on the “Morom” scheme.
Sarma said 70 ambulances had been flagged off to tea estates as per an agreement between the State Government and 150 TEs on health care facilities. The state government last year announced a series of novel health packages including a Rs.1.8 billion scheme to do away with the traditional gender bias by offering financial assistance to the girl child and radical measures to improve the health of would-be mothers.
Under a scheme named ‘Majoni’ (Assamese for little girls), a new-born girl child would be given a fixed deposit instrument worth Rs.5,000 while a would-be mother would get Rs.1,000 in cash - Rs.500 each during the first two check-ups.
Half the fixed deposit of Rs.5,000 can be encashed by the girl when she attains the age of 16 and the full amount when she turns 18.
Assam has also launched an ambitious family planning scheme. Couples choosing not to have babies for two years after marriage will get Rs.5,000 and those who opt not to have children for three years will get Rs.7,500.
“We are all set to bring about more radical reforms in the healthcare sector in Assam,” the minister said.

 
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