• The Maharashtra government launched a special scheme to curb infant deaths.
• Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde distributed baby-care kits to the children born in primary health centres and government hospitals.
• The scheme is applicable only for the first child and will benefit around four lakh women across the state, Women.
• Each kit contains a blanket, a small mattress, a towel, a thermometer, baby oil, shampoo, toys, nail-cutter, gloves, socks, among other things. The cost of the kit is around Rs 2,000.
• Each of the baby-care kits contains a blanket, a small mattress, a towel, a thermometer, baby oil, shampoo, toys, nail-cutter, gloves and socks among other things. The total cost of each kit is around Rs 2,000.
• The baby-care kits will be given to the women, who are admitted to a state-run hospital, after their first delivery.
• The government has allocated Rs 20 crore for the scheme but would increase the amount if required.
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