The two major maternity hospitals of Jammu province are running short of ambulances and are incapable to provide pick and drop services to the pregnant ladies and mothers which is a major key feature of the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY).
Bizarre to listen but true, that these two major hospitals i.e. Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh Hospital (SMGS) and Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar are running with scarce ambulances endangering the life of thousands of women despite being the only maternity institutes of the province.
Both the institutes even face the surplus burden of the referral cases from other areas also including R.S Pura. Kathua, Akhnoor, Poonch and Rajouri etc but unfortunately are running with very few number of ambulances which are considered as the most vital necessity in saving the life of mother and baby as it is imperative to reach the hospital in time and that’s too under proper medical supervision especially during the labor pain.
These institutes even fail in providing the said services within the radius of 20 kilometers while the referral cases from other districts are obliged to hire private ambulances which owing to the poor response from the government have now established their offices within the hospital premises.
Sources disclosed that being the top most institution of the province the SMGS hospital on average is performing 60 deliveries per day including 20-25 cesarean, but unfortunately is having only seven ambulances out of which only 2 ambulances remains parked in the hospital and that’s too for emergency cases if any.
Similarly the Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar on average performs 8 to 9 deliveries per day and is having only 2 working ambulances while one of its ambulance is lying defunct at workshop awaiting repair from last three months.
As per statistics, a meager eight percent women are beneficiary to the pick and drop facility for maternity in SMGS hospital Jammu, whereas the figure declines to four percent at the Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar. The data is adequate to understand that how much the government is concerned about the health of pregnant women in the region and what sort of risk is being taken by them before and after the delivery.
Medical Superintendent Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Dr Younis Choudhary when contacted said that there is acute shortage of ambulances in the hospital owing to which it has become almost impossible to provide pick and drop facility to the pregnant women. He admitted that there are only 2 ambulances in the hospital and are insufficient in providing pick and drop facility.
While Medical Superintendent SMGS Dr. Dara Singh when contacted said that seven ambulances are working in the hospital but due to the heavy rush of the patients sometimes it becomes difficult to provide pick and drop facility. Pertinent to mention here that Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a safe motherhood intervention under the National Rural Health Mission (NHM) and is being implemented with objective of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among poor pregnant women in April 2005 by modifying National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS).