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Drive to focus on maternal, child health

india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 17:16 IST

CLAIMING THAT the maternal and child health situation in state is continuing to deteriorate, the state unit of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and MP Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (MPBGVS) have decided to launch a campaign to create awareness on the issue in five most affected districts of the state.

Sandhya Shaili of AIDWA and Asha Mishra of MPBGVS while addressing a press conference today said that the campaign – which would be in three phases – would be launched in the Gwalior, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Morena and Bhind districts in northern tip of the state where the situation is most alarming as far as maternal and child health and sex ratio is concerned.

In the first phase, 20 villages each from the five districts would be surveyed in detail to find out ground situation on the issue. The survey would be conducted all through August. In September, seminars would be conducted in each of the five districts and a state level seminar would be organised at Bhopal to discuss the findings of the survey and to find probable solutions.

The survey would also be shared with the media during this period. In the third phase, the organisations would conduct awareness programmes in the districts that would be mainly based on cultural premises like dramas, songs and street corner meetings that would send out the message of importance of `healthy mother – safe society’. The organisations would also try to make ground level impact by actually trying to solve the problems of the women in identified villages.

The organisations presented statistics to show that health infrastructure is quite poor and quite out of reach particularly for the women in villages. The main reason for high maternal and infant mortality rates in state is that women do not have access to institutionalized childbirth.

Even now, 83.18 per cent of childbirth is at home. The distances to health facilities are huge and the road conditions are worst. The infrastructures at the existing health institutions are so poor that even if the women reach there, there is no guarantee of respite.

Shaili and Mishra said that if mothers and children were to be protected in state the basic requirements are sprucing up the health infrastructure, appointment of doctors as per recommendations of WHO, making water, electricity and PDS system strong along with check on black marketing and connecting all the villages by metalled roads.

The campaign is part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the AIDWA. The objective is to bring down the shockingly high MMR and IMR in state.