IMPHAL, May 26 � Introduction of National Rural Health Mission(NRHM), a Centrally-sponsored scheme in Manipur has improved public health besides reducing the death rate of infant, maternity mortality and neo-natal mortality tremendously.
�We are providing basic health care to remote villagers of the State such as Tousem and Borobekra�, State Programme Manager Ng Monota of NRHM Manipur told The Assam Tribune. Besides the natives of these villages, many people from even Assam�s Haflong area also visit the health care centre here�, he added.
The State Government has been associating with Karuna Trust, an NGO from Bengaluru to deliver health care at these unaccesible public health centres of Tousem and Borobekra � two remote villages in Tamenglong and Jiribam sub-divisions.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Gaithaorung of Tamenglong district also shared a similar experience while speaking at the Bharat Nirman Campaign in the Tamenglong district headquarter, 150 km west of here.
Arunapriya of Karuna Trust speaking to this reporter on phone today said that the people of Malaria prone Borobekra are happy for having basic basic health care system at their door steps. Earlier, many people have lost their lives due to common diseases not to speak of other epidemics, the activist informed.
Interestingly, the launching of the Janani Surakhsha Yojana (JSY) under NRHM has reduced maternal mortality and neo-natal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among the poor pregnant women.
The scheme is integrated with cash assistance of Rs 700 with delivery and post delivery care, the official said. The institutional delivery is also showing an increasing trend with the launching of the JSY in Manipur.
As many as 15,969 pregnant women were benefited under the scheme in the year 2010-11. With 2,508 beneficiaries, Senapati district tops the districts while Bishnupur is the least benefited district with 84 cases, the State official added.
Even though the institutional delivery cases are on the rise after the introduction of JSY, the observation of village health and nutrition day (VHND) every month in the State has suddenly declined in the last year. The State had around 11,358 VHNDs against previous year�s record of around 13,713.
The State implementing agency has been engaging services of 837 medical staff including 36 medical officers, 86 AYUSH doctors and 137 nurses in 97 health centres including State-run JN Hospital and six districts hospitals.
Besides, 3878 trained Accredited Social Health Activitists (Ashas) were also engaged in implementing the health care schemes under the NRHM.