National Seminar on Tribal Health Issues

National Seminar on Tribal Health Issues

by The Daily Eye Team January 10 2015, 1:08 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 56 secs

More than a decade of research has shown that small and affordable measures can significantly reduce the health risks that women face when they become pregnant. Most maternal deaths could be prevented if women had access to quality Antenatal care (ANC) during pregnancy, childbirth, and immediately afterwards. Quality ANC includes minimum of at least 4 ANCs including early registration of pregnant mother and first ANC in first trimester along with physical and abdominal examinations, Hb estimation and urine investigation, two doses of T.T Immunization and consumption of IFA tablets for 100 days. ?Web Enabled Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) is being implemented by Department of Health as a mission mode project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) to register and track every pregnant woman. Having said so, till date significant percentage of ST women do not fall under the radar of MCTS registration mechanism and hence being deprived of quality ANC service. As per NFHS-3 estimates, the likelihood of having received care from a doctor is lowest for scheduled tribe mothers (only 32.8% compared to all India total of 50.2 % and 42% for Scheduled Caste).?

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