By Pushpa Narayan
CHENNAI: The state government will soon pay mothers who get their newborns vaccinated as per the immunization schedule. This will help the health department track the health of mothers and their children in the below poverty line ( BPL) category and bring down maternal and infant deaths.
The scheme is perhaps the first of its kind in the country and is intended to arrest the decline in immunisation. Health department officials have decided that under the revised Muthulakshmi Reddy Scheme every pregnant woman will be given a smart card with her medical details. The health department will transfer Rs 4,000 to her bank account after she registers with a government healthcare unit.