No prenatal check-ups, nutrition for pregnant women

No prenatal check-ups, nutrition for pregnant women


When our Parliament ministers wish to have
their salaries increased they do so easily But when it is about women’s health safety
the budget suddenly becomes an issue. A case similar is here in Bihar, in the
Munger district, Sadar Block, in the Bajrangbali village, of Kavita Devi, who
is eight months pregnant. So far she has been given only a couple of
iron tablets and two vaccinations. Apart from this she hasn’t been given any
help or information on nutrition, etc. Neither has she been given routine
check-ups such as BP checks. Is your name registered in Anganwadi? Yes. Do you get any ration that pregnant women
are entitled to? No. Are you aware the Govt provides for
expecting mothers monetarily? (volume too low to discern) Didn’t the health workers inform you? No. Then how did you come to know of it? They had called for some work so I got to
know. Kavita Devi has appealed to the health
worker Savita Kumari several times for regular check-ups and to provide right
dietary nutrition for her. But Savita Devi says in our list we have
only eight pregnant women and eight lactating women registered to whom
I provide dietary nutrition regularly. But your name is not present in the list
hence I can’t provide you your diet ration. If someone is pregnant we provide for her. We ask her about her health, her pregnancy
and her condition. If she says I do not have access or the
means to the right nutrition, then we do provide for her, we buy
her food. Why, doesn’t the Govt provide for that? No, we receive nothing Madam.
It’s been two years now, its stopped. Its the third year now. Don’t you ask for it? We’ve tried everything but we simply do
not receive it. So you pay out of your own pockets? We don’t spend, we charge the patients. From the patients? Yes, we ask them. We don’t receive money
for facilities so we have to ask them. We ask every patient. We don’t even get
salaries, how do we spend from our pocket? Under the JSY Scheme, Kavita Devi is
entitled to a 500 calorie meal daily and regular health check-ups. Since she is
expecting, she is entitled to every health related facility a pregnant woman requires
free of cost. But Kavita Devi isn’t receiving any such
facilities or provisions. For this, I am petitioning the CDPO at the
Child Welfare Organisation. If need be, I am willing to do a dharna
for this as well. You can help us in this. Please call the CDPO on this number and put pressure on him to look into our needs. The no is 9431005560 I am Sheela, from Munger, Bihar,
for India Unheard.

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