Crumbling Infrastructure: Defunct sonography machines force women to spend out of their pockets

Crumbling Infrastructure: Defunct sonography machines force women to spend out of their pockets


In the Rural Hospital at Saswad, since March 2013, the sonography machine has been non-functional, due to which the pregnant women of the district are in distress. How much did you have to spend for sonography? 1,400 Rs for doing sonography twice. Oh, 1,400 for doing sonography twice. And for delivery? 2,200 Rs. What is your occupation? I make flower garlands etc. How much do you earn daily? Around 30-40 Rs. Do you know this sonography is free at the Govt Hospital? Yes. Where have you come from? Saswad. How many months pregnant are you? Sixth month running. You had your sonography done? Yes. Where? At Sasoon Hospital. Had you asked for getting your sonography done here, at this hospital? Yes. So what did they say? They said no, won’t be possible here. June, July, August, September, October
(doc prescribing sonography thrice) The Doctors here prescribe sonography to the patients here but the sonography machine here is not working. If we take the case of Saswad Rural Hospital then if the 80 newly registered pregnant women were charged 700 Rs., for one sonography then the amount for one sonography for 80 women totals to 56,000 Rs. There are several women in the district who, due to lack of finances do not undergo a single sonography. In the Purandhar District, if there are 100 new pregnant women registered, then the total for each woman to undergo sonography four time totals to 28,00 Rs. If we multiply this by 100, then 2,80,000 Rs. are spent by pregnant women per month for sonographies. And because the sonography machines are non functioning here, this money is earned by others. I appeal the people watching this video, for the immediate installation of sonography machines in Purandhar District, to call the DHO, Mr Nandkumar Deshmukh, on 020-26051418 and please help us. I am Rohini Pawar, from Saswad village, Maharashtra for India Unheard.

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