PUBLIC HEALTH and Family Welfare Department director Dr Yogiraj Sharma on Friday said that as per the latest SRS figures, MMR in the State has come down to 379 (2003) from 498 in 1998, but cautioned against complacency in the efforts.
Sharma said, “Looking at the State Government goals of bringing down the MMR to 100 by 2012, we need to be more vigilant and improve our efforts. Two things are important in this direction – increase in institutional deliveries and availability of skilled labour attendants.”
He was addressing a first of its kind ‘review meeting of health programmes’ for Indore division wherein the ‘Integrated Health Package’ for rural areas in concurrence with the Nirmal Gram Yojana was launched after taking stock of the various schemes being implemented in the division under the Reproductive and Child Health Care (RCH) programme aimed at reducing maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) in the State.
Dr Sharma drew attention to the fact that IMR in Madhya Pradesh was 79, highest in the country, and 66 per cent of deaths were of neonates. “Hence, the first 24 hours are crucial and we need to concentrate on this aspect and try to keep the mother and the newborn in the hospital for three days.”
Chief guest Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das asked the participants to overcome narrow-mindedness and said the results were not satisfactory as despite planning, there was no proper implementation of different schemes at the grassroots level.
Quoting President A P J Kalam’s ‘First dream, dreams convert to thought and thoughts to action’ he said, “We need to take action and think about what is our contribution to the country’s development. A vicious circle has been prevailing since so many years, there is need to break it and be more vigilant. We should plan our strategy as per available resources.”
He also suggested a new method to overcome problems by way of sector-wise approach wherein different departments like Women and Child Development, PHE, Education and other related departments come together for proper implementation of schemes for rural betterment.
“CMHO’s role is important and he should see that communication channels are kept open for better delivery of health care. He is responsible and accountable for what happens in his district,” Das added.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, Health Joint Director Dr S K Shrivastava suggested convergence of health and rural development scheme to increase the overall quality of rural life. Stating that there was no paucity of funds for rural healthcare, he said what was lacking was proper implementation and management.
Director (Training and Information, Education and Communication) Dr Ashok Sharma and State facilitator of European Commission Dr G S Sachdev also addressed the meeting. Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr K K Vijayvergiya proposed the vote of thanks while Urban Health Plan coordinator Dr Gagan Gupta conducted the programme.
Additional Collector Renu Pant and UNFPA representative Girish Deshpande were also present for the meeting. After the introductory session, the workshop-cum-meeting reviewed district-wise implementation of programmes and schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Health Mission (DFDI), NRHM & RCH, Pulse Polio Immunisation, Immunisation and Family Welfare Activities, Vector-borne Diseases and Epidemic Control and national programmes like RNTCP, blindness control programme and leprosy eradication programme.
A performance appraisal was done at the end of the workshop. Nearly 150 participants comprising the whole range of health authorities of seven districts — Indore, Dhar, Khargone, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Jhabua and Barwani — in the division were present on the occasion. This included the CMHOs, Block Medical Officers, District Programme Managers, Civil Surgeons and other health supervisors.