More than 30,000 female workers delivered babies during the first five months of this year, an increase of more than 8,000 workers from the same period last year.
A National Social Security Fund report issued on Friday said that from January to May, the government provided funds to 31,206 workers who delivered 31,408 babies, including 198 twins and two triplets.
“For the five months, the government has given out more than $3 million to the female workers,” the report noted.
The government provides a bonus of $100 to a worker who delivers one baby, $200 for twins and $300 for triplets and has budgeted at least $10 million a year for the purpose.
For the whole of last year, the government paid more than $6.5 million to 65,054 female garment workers who delivered 65,534 babies.
The NSSF reminded all workers, both in the formal and informal sectors, that in order to receive the government’s handout speedily, those who are pregnant have to fill out forms at NSSF offices three months before giving birth.
“If an individual did not fill out the NSSF forms during this period, they or their representative have to inform the NSSF at least one months after the baby is born,” the report said.
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday launched a new programme to fund pregnant woman who are poor.
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, who visited mums-to-be, launched the programme at the Samdech Euv-Samdech Me referral hospital in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district.
He said it was a new policy of Prime Minister Hun Sen to provide funds directly to poor pregnant women when they go for check-ups, during delivery and after they give birth.
“The government will provide funds to them until their baby is two years old,” Mr Bun Heng noted. “During the first day of the programme’s launch we have provided funds to an estimated 50,000 pregnant women from poor families.”
He said that women from poor families, who have a social welfare card will get free prenatal checks and hospitalisation.
“The total budget that a poor pregnant woman can get is 760,000 riels or nearly $190,” Mr Bun Heng said.
“I think that no other country besides Cambodia has such a programme,” he said. “Other countries have health insurance schemes but do not provide funds directly.”