Port Blair, March 7: The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman / Chairman, District Health Society (SA), Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS inaugurated the Maternity Home at CHC Bambooflat on 06.03.2021 in presence of Shri Hari Kallikkat, IAS, SDM (SA), Dr. Omkar Singh, Director, DHS and other dignitaries of APWD & Health Department.

While addressing the gathering, DC informed that the Maternity Home is first of its kind in the A & N Islands and constructed through the District Health Society (SA) under National Health Mission to provide staying facility at minimal fee to the poor pregnant women of Inter Islands for better health care delivery services. It was also informed that this initiative has been inspired from Nicobari Birth Homes, the idea of Maternity Home incorporates Traditional Gyan with Post Modern Technologies.

He also informed that Maternity Home is being managed by the Rogi Kalayan Samiti of CHC Bambooflat in coordination of the District Administration, South Andaman to provide allotment of accommodations to the pregnant women.

Chairman, District Health Society also informed that the motto of this initiative is to reduce the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), which could improve the health indicators of the A & N Islands.

Director Health Services, in his address appreciated the District Administration and the officials of the Health Department for such innovative idea. The Health Department could monitor the high risk poor pregnant women and refer them well in advance from Inter Islands to the Port Blair to avoid any pregnancy complications. Earlier, many poor residents avoided coming to Port Blair for advanced treatment due to financial constrains.

Shri B. Nagendra, District Programme Manager, DHS (SA) informed that the Maternity Home is having a capacity of 10 pregnant women with one attender each. He also informed that another 6 bedded Maternity Home is under construction in the campus of G.B. Pant Hospital and it will be completed another six months for the poorest of the poor pregnant women.

The CMO I/c, CHC Bambooflat thanked all the dignitaries who attended the inaugural function and applauded District Administration’s efforts for the innovative project of Maternity Home.