In the last six months, Deogarh district has recorded as many as 47 stillbirths and death of six pregnant women.
Apparently, while there is no paediatrician in the district hospital for the last
five years, it does not have a gynaecologist since
Not just the district hospital, many of the health centres - both Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and community Health Centres (CHCs) - do not have the required number of paediatricians and gynaecologists, resulting in the rise of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate
Despite all this, no visible action has been taken yet to contain the deaths and improve the situation. Even the Janani Surakhya Yojana seems to be of little help.
Till now, at least 2,824 pregnant women have been registered in the 13 Government Hospitals, including the district headquarters hospital, four CHCs and eight PHCs in the district.
Of the 2,824 women, 1,574 have gone for institutional delivery and 399 delivered in their homes exposing chinks in the Yojana.
Similarly in 2011-12, 6,560 pregnant women registered themselves in the hospitals of which, 4,667 opted for institutional delivery while 826 delivered at their homes, seven died during delivery. Of the total children born, 153 were stillborn.
Likewise in 2010-2011, 6,632 pregnant women were registered and 3,122 underwent institutional delivery. Of the 972 women who delivered children at homes, 17 died during delivery. The number of stillbirths then stood at 129.
The district had registered death of 125 children aged between 0 and 1 year during 2011-12, while it was 157 in 2010-2011.
CDMO Chandrasekhar Pradhan said presence of adequate number of gynaecologists and paediatricians could have helped improve the situation.
“However, the incidence of IMR and MMR is less compared to other districts in the State,” he added.