Chandigarh, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

With a view to provide health services to high risk pregnant women on priority basis in Haryana, the Health Department is actively considering to issue red OPD card to such women so as to make them avail the health services on priority basis.

This information was given by Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Ms Navraj Sandhu in a two-day state level Civil Surgeon Conference organised by Health Department today.

While emphasizing the need of giving priority to high risk pregnant women, Ms Sandhu said it would contribute to the reduction of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).

She said high risk pregnant women would be issued red OPD card to make them avail the health services on priority basis. This investigation card would contain the details of case history of the patient and risk factors for the particular pregnant women.

Addressing the gathering, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Dr Rakesh Gupta said the Quality Monitoring Officers and District Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Consultants along with District Intervention Coordinator (DIC) and Technical Officer from support agencies like MCHIP and ASSIST (Technical partner) would support the Department at local level in every district for improving health services.

These consultants would not only provide technical inputs in the health services but also monitor the processes adopted by district. He also emphasized the strengthening of capacities of ASHA and ANM to speed up the process of identification of high risk cases at grassroots level. These steps would ensure overall contribution of the Department to the reduction of IMR and MMR in the state.

The Civil Surgeons need to focus on providing quality services at high delivery load facilities and also ensure proper referral linkages. At district level there should be regular Maternal and Infant death reviews and gaps identified should be filled up, he added.

Director MCH, Dr Ravikant Gupta said success rate of Post-Placental Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (PPIUCD) insertion in family planning program is notable. He said Haryana has the highest PPIUCD insertion cases after Tamil Nadu in India. He said there is need to rationalise the delivery load in the district and normal deliveries should take place 24X7 at Primary and Community Health Centres.

PMO/Deputy Civil Surgeon, Medical Superintendent, Quality and Monitoring Officer (QMO), DIO of all districts also attended the conference.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)