A block medical officer (BMO) in Barwani district on Monday directed government-appointed midwives and rural health workers to submit a report giving reasons behind the death of three newborn tribal babies.
Dr JP Pandit , the Sendhwa BMO, said he served show cause notices to the auxiliary nursing and midwives (ANM) and accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers in the block to explain why an expecting mother, whose three children died shortly after birth, was not registered with the Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) and the mother and child tracking system (MCTS).
Sunita Bai, a tribal woman from Dhanora village of the block had given birth to triplets—two boys and a girl--on August 6, but the newborns did not survive due to lack of proper treatment, he said.
“If the mother was examined properly and given timely treatment we could have sent her to a bigger hospital for a planned surgery so that the babies had better chances of surviva,” Pandit told Hindustan Times.
Elaborating about the JSY and the MCTS procedure, Pandit said: “The government takes care of expecting mothers through the JSY right from the day when an ASHA worker enroll them after confirming their pregnancy.
“The ANM has to fill up a MCTS form and upload all the details on the website of the National Health Mission to generate a code for the expecting mother.”
There are three mandatory check-ups for a woman during her pregnancy and she gets treated accordingly, he said.
“If the gynaecologist finds that a sonography examination is necessary then the pregnant woman is sent to the district hospital in Barwani.
“In Sunita Bai’s case, she was neither registered with the JSY or the MCTS by the ANM and the ASHA workers, resulting in the children’s death,”
Pandit said the pregnant woman was in Maharashtra during the early stage of her pregnancy but came back to Dhanora in the later stage. “It was the duty of the ASHA and ANM workers to register her with the JSY and the MCTS on her arrival at Dhanora.”