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Pyramid-structure health service planned to check infant, maternal mortality

Adam Halliday,ADAMHALLIDAY Posted: Apr 20, 2011 at 0355 hrs IST

Ahmedabad: The Commissionerate of Health, Medical Services and Medical Education is putting together a pyramid-structured
organisation in an attempt to arrest the infant and maternal mortality rates, senior health officials have said. The move comes in the wake of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) which states that Gujarat
has been unable to bring down IMR from 57:1000 in 2005-06 to 30:1000 by March 2010 despite launching of the Chiranjeevi Yojana. Dr N B Dholakia, Deputy Director, RCH at the Commissionerate, said the structure will seek to look at the grassroots level and strengthen penetration through training of workers at the primary level . He said 36,000 ground-level workers have been trained under the Integrated Management of Neo-Natal and Childhood Illnesses scheme. The target, expected to be complete by the year-end, is 45,000 workers. These workers will be responsible for identifying unhealthy children and reporting such cases to paediatricians. Above this level will be 333 Newborn Care Corners in PHCs across the state, to be manned by Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs). Above these care corners will be 148 Newborn Stabilisation Units in as many Community Healthcare Centres. The top-level will have 41 Neo-
Natal ICUs at various locations in the state. Dr Dholakia further said the effort to arrest the deaths of newborns and mothers will be coupled by setting-up of “family-friendly ” hospitals. Dr Prakash Vaghela, assistant director, said the postpartum care is sometimes missing in the care of pregnant mothers. Postpartum care is the care given to mothers who have just delivered, at least for the 48 hours following delivery. They said the hospitals in the state will be equipped with space for attendants, and services like food will be also taken care of. The concept is a result of observations that many people shun institutional deliveries because attendants sometimes find it difficult to be in the hospital.

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