'Yashoda' to nurse new born children in hospitals

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Sambalpur, May 27 (UNI) Borrowing the idea from Mahabharata, the Centre has decided to launch a scheme to take care of new born children and their mothers in government-run hospitals.

The idea is to give the love and care to the newborns the way Yashoda did to Lord Krishna.

The scheme, a Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), was launched in the country after the success of 'Janani Surakshya Yojana with an objective to bring a change in the post natal care.

The Yoshoda scheme, a new concept in the health care system of the country, was launched for the first time here in the country.

Under the schemes the ''Yoshodas'' would be recruited to look after the ''Bal Krishnas'' on a monthly honorium of Rs 3000.

NIPI Director and former union Health Secretary P K Hota said under the scheme the '' Yashodas'' would stay in hospitals for 48 hours and take care of the new born children, he added.

The 'Yashodas' would also look after the mothers of the new born children, he said.

''Well cared mother and child can make the future better. At the same time they can contribute immensely for the economic growth of the nation, Mr Hota said.

Mr Hota said Orissa would get an annual grant of Rs 1.5 crore for implementation of the scheme. He appealed to the authorities to ensure fair utilization of the funds.

Minister for Health Sanatan Bisi in the presence of NIPI Director, RDC and Sambalpur Collector and other officials launched the scheme yesterday.

Mr Bisi said since the scheme was launched at Sambalpur for the first time in the country he appealed to the 12 ladies recruited as ''Yasodhas'' in Sambalpur district headquarters hospital to work with total dedication and bestow all the love and care upon the new born as a mother and set an example for the whole country.

He said Jharsuguda and Angul will be covered under the scheme very shortly.

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