Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) launched by the Union health ministry has proved to be a boon for poor pregnant women in the district. The health department of the state is using the system to put a clamp on the mortality rate among pregnant women.
Several doctors keep a close watch on the pregnant women through this tracking system. Even as there are several programmes launched by the government for proper health of pregnant women and their children, the tracking system is proving to be a the key to take on high mortality rate.
Once an auxiliary nursing midwife (ANM) reports a pregnancy in her area to the technical staff, the details, including the name and age, of the woman are fed into the specially-designed software of the system.
The computer then keeps a record of check-ups and even administration of iron tablets to the women, making it possible for doctors to keep the women away from impending threats to her or to her child.
District health and family welfare officer Dr Maninder Singh said the tracking system has come as a major help to the health department as earlier pregnancies were not even reported and tracked.
"There are several programmes being run by the health department for the welfare of pregnant women in the state. However, the tracking system forms the base of the treatment and medicines provided to pregnant women," Singh added.
He said the mortality rate among pregnant women in Punjab in 2009 was 167 per one lakh deliveries, which has come down to 141 per one lakh in 2014 only because of the programmes run by the health and family welfare department.
The surveillance system makes it possible for the health department to pay attention on ANM and crosscheck their work through the system. "If the ANM doesn't feed iron tablets to the pregnant women, the system will keep on reminding the operator regarding the same as no data would have been fed into the computer that provides a better treatment prospects for the women" said Singh.
Meanwhile, dental surgeon and senior doctor of health department Dr Pradeep Sharma said a large number of schemes are being run under the National Health Mission and most of the people are not even aware of these schemes.
"So many schemes for the proper treatment and check-up of pregnant women and even safety of child after delivery and proper diet of mother as well as child are being offered by the health department, but there are many misconceptions and lack of awareness among the people," said Dr Sharma.
Initiated by the Union health and family welfare ministry with an intention to track pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of three years by name, Mother and Child Tracking System ensures delivery of services like timely ante-natal care, institutional delivery and post-natal care for the mother, immunisation and other related services for the child
The system is to be fully updated for regular and effective monitoring of service delivery, including tracking and monitoring of severely anaemic women, low birth weight babies and sick neonates
In the long run, it could be used for tracking the health status of the girl child and school health services.
How the tracking is done
Several doctors keep a close watch on the pregnant women through this tracking system
Once an auxiliary nursing midwife reports a pregnancy in her area to the technical staff, the details, including the name and age, of the woman are fed into the specially-designed software of the system
Computer then keeps a record of check-ups and even administration of iron tablets to the women, making it possible for doctors to keep the women away from impending threats to her or to her child
System makes it possible for the health department to pay attention on ANMs and crosscheck their work through the system.