Under the National rural health mission (NRHM), the state government has sanctioned the unit which will incur a cost of Rs 50 lakh, including Rs 17 lakh for renovation and 25 lakh for equipment. It will be built in a 1200 square ft hall in Sadar Hospital, Gumla and will have 16 beds, said Unicef regional coordinator Pawan Kumar.
Unicef has provided technical support to the initiative by taking expertise from an engineer in Hyderabad, said Dr Madhulika, health officer with Unicef.
This centralized SNCU will have 24 staff members, including 12 staff nurses and three child specialists. Gumla SNCU will be third after RIMS, Ranchi and Ghatshila in East Singhbhum in the state. Palamu and Chaibasa in West Singhbhum too will have a SNCU.
The newborns suffer from jaundice, hypothermia and pneumonia with low weight which prove fatal to them, say doctors. This will help in checking new born mortality rate in the district with high incidence of poverty in rural habitation, they feel.
The proposed SNCU will have radiant warmers and waiting rooms, Pawan Kumar added. Of 16 beds, 10 will be allotted to the ones that take birth in the same hospital and six for the referred infants from different community health centres (CHCs) in the district.