Khangshim, 30th October, 2013
In the afternoon session of the second day Bharat Nirman campaign held at Khangshim village in Chandel District Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh CMO Health Department Chandel District said since the launching of the national rural health mission in Manipur in 2006 too many benefits had been given to the rural masses. NRHM was introduced for the first time in India by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohon Singh in 2005 on April 12.
The aim and object of the mission are to provide medical care to the rural masses. The focus is on rural areas only because urban areas get lots of medical facilities. Moreover the primary role of the mission is to take care of young children and pregnant women. This is being done to control child mortality rate and death of women at the time of delivery. All the communities will be involved in making NRHM programme a success. Infrastructure development is also given top priority for without infrastructure nothing can be done. Funds are equally distributed to all the centres, he added.
He informed that when a mother delivers baby she is given Rs 500 under the scheme and if she delivers baby at a health institution she gets Rs 700 but for receiving the financial aid she should have got medical treatment at a health clinic for at least three times.
There are villages in Manipur where local masses have not seen a doctor in his or her lifetime. At such place the role of ASHA is paramount. ASHA, who is a married woman, will provide medical care to the local people. For every 1000 persons there should be one ASHA but in certain areas, where the number of population is around 100 only one ASHA is allowed to function. The role of the ASHA is to detect if there is any person in the village, who is ailing.
If an ASHA works hard she will be able to earn money. If she accompanies a pregnant woman to a health institute she will get Rs 100 for the visit. Similarly if she attends delivery of baby by the woman she gave treatment she would get another Rs 300. The ASHAs should inspect continuously for six weeks the condition of women after delivery of baby. For giving medical treatment in that manner she will get Rs 250 more. So far 524 ASHAs had got benefit under the scheme in Chandel District.
He informed the gathering that there are 27 primary health sub centres, three public health centres and one district hospital. But these primary health sub centres cannot function properly due to want of staff. The only places where PHSC functions are at Sajik Tampak and Komlakhong. Under the NRHM 1051 women in Chandel district had got benefit for delivering babies at home and 663 for delivering at hospital.
When a villager pointed that he did not see any ASHA visiting his village Dr. Ibomcha said such matter can be brought to the knowledge of village committees, they will do the needful. At the end of the technical session questions were put by the speaker and the listeners gave the right reply. Attendance at the technical session was big.
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LPD/YLS/L-79 30/10/2013 1300hrs