GUWAHATI, June 21 - In order to find out the reasons for the poor number of institutional deliveries at the Rampur PHC and other health institutions within the district, a review meeting was organised on Monday by the Kamrup district administration with accredited social health activists (ASHAs), auxiliary nursing midwives (ANMs) and health officials at the Rampur Block Primary Health Centre.
Presiding over the meeting, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Vinod Seshan appealed to all the health officials to work with dedication to perform better in terms of conducting institutional deliveries in Kamrup district, stated an official release issued today.
Reviewing the present position, Seshan said that it is the responsibility of the heath institution to look after a pregnant woman after she is registered in any such institution and also the newborn baby after delivery.
He added that punitive action would be taken against any medical officer or other health staff like general nurses and midwives (GNMs) and ANMs who are found to be negligent in duty and who unnecessarily refer delivery patients to higher health institutions without attending to them.
The casual behaviour of ANMs, GNMs and medical officers towards ASHAs will not be tolerated, Seshan said.
He further cautioned that if any ASHA is found to be in nexus with private hospitals without the knowledge of the higher medical officer, the matter will be viewed seriously.
During the meeting, the ASHAs, ANMs and other health officials gave a feedback on various problems being faced by them while serving in health institutions for conducting deliveries.
Seshan said that he would correspond with the Government for increasing the manpower in the hospitals of Kamrup in terms of GNMs, medical officers and specialists.
The Joint Director of Health Services was instructed to look after the proper functioning of the hospital equipment and infrastructure.
Among others who attended the meeting were Additional DC (Health) BK Borah, Joint Director, Health Services, Dr B Bordoloi, and district and block-level officials of the National Health Mission, Kamrup.