Chandigarh August 8 ; The Punjab government has evolved a massive plan to strengthen the existing health care services in the state by appointing 100 medical officers and 147 doctors of various specializations in the state.
Stating this here today Prof.Lakshmi Kanta Chawla Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab said that although there was a shortage of 600 doctors in Punjab but the health department has been given the approval to immediately fill 247 posts of doctors. Keeping in view the acute shortage of doctors in the state in general and in Malwa region in particular, the Minister said that doctors would be appointed for this region on priority.
Referring to the steps taken by the government towards child and maternal care in the state, the minister said that the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Punjab was 49 in contrast to 60 of the country. The state has made a big achievement in the indicator of fully-immunized child as per the report of the Rapid House-hold Survey vide which the state was placed at 3rd position amongst the bigger states. She agreed that Majority of the infant deaths occur in the early neo-natal period and accordingly steps were being taken by the authorities to enhance social mobilization and awareness for promotion of institutional deliveries and care of the newborn, deliveries by skilled birth attendants and re-sensitization of birth attendants at the PHC/ Mini PHC level by medical officers was being constantly ensured. The minister also said that timely supply of delivery kits to the birth attendants has also being planned much in advance. The Multi-year Plan under the Strengthening of Immunization Project under the NRHM has been launched for assured 100% immunization coverage with stress on dropouts from BCG to Measles by repeated sensitization of the authorities concerned during review meetings at state head quarter and district level monthly meetings, said the minister.
The minister also said that the government was equally concerned about the maternal health. The MMR in Punjab was 2 in contrast to 4 at the National level. The objective of the programme launched for safe motherhood was to bring down the MMR further by promoting complete check-up and increase in number of institutional deliveries as also to enhance health care of the women during the reproductive period. The minister sought the involvement of Link Workers from the community with provision of cash incentives for promoting early registration of pregnant women, ANC checkups, and institutional deliveries. Sensitization of these link workers should be done through organised workshops, she stressed. To encourage the workers the Punjab government has initiated Best Worker Award at Block/ District and State level on annual basis. To reduce the unwanted maternal deaths MTP services would be provided at least in 50 Primary Health Centres of the state. Effective implementation of MTP Act through regular monitoring and supervision has been thoroughly ensured, assured Prof. Chawla.