Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Civil hospital faces shortage of gynecologist

Sewada Tehsil, Madhya Pradesh

The civil hospital here has seven sanctioned posts of the medical doctors but only two are posted. Not to talk of doctors even equipments and X ray machines are not working and they are like a showpiece in the hospital.

This is the situation at the main hospital at the tehsil. This looks quite good from outside but internally it faces heavy crunch in terms of the staff. For last five years this hospital is working on the strength of two doctors though the sanctioned posts are seven. Many pregnant women do not get delivery here as lady doctor is not there. Only one fourth of deliveries do happen here which are referred from PHC Indergarh. Even the two posted doctors most of the time are engaged in the various campaigns or meetings while patients suffer !

A published in Dainik Bhaskar November 20, 2006

(Blog’s comments : State’s Health & Family Welfare Minister Ajay Bishnoi had accepted in response to the question in the floor of the house that there is shortage of gynecologists in the state - out of the total 138 posts in the district 40 are vacant. Though state is aware of the fact but there is not definite plan in recruiting them !)

Monday, November 27, 2006

AIDWA’s troupe gives call to women on their right to health in Sheopur

All India Democratic Women Association as way to commemorate its 25th anniversary is taking out special troupe in Sheopur on November 11, 2006 .Troupe is conducting it street plays and sabhas to create awareness on the issue of women’s health and motivate them to ask for their rights.

As published in Swadesh, Sheopur edition, November 7, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006


As published in The Hindustan Times, Bhopal, November 25, 2006

by Sravani Sarkar

A JOINT Commission of Enquiry (JCE), instituted by the Commissioner, Supreme Court, has substantiated reports of malnutrition deaths in Sheopur and termed the predominantly Saharia tribe district as ‘one of the malnutrition hot spots in the world’.

In its report the five-member JCE forewarned the district administration of severe drought in the coming summer owing to monsoon failure this year.“Unless the steps outlined by the commission are taken urgently and in earnest, we could see a huge human tragedy unfolding next year,’’ the report has warned.

The JCE was instituted by commissioner Dr N C Saxena and special commissioner Harsh Mander at the intervention of advisor to the commissioner Dr Mihir Shah following reports of malnutrition deaths in the district during the last two years. It had received complaints of child deaths from villages – 11 of them from one village Ranipura.

The commission visited the affected parts of Sheopur on October 5 and 6 and submitted its report to Dr Saxena on Friday. The JCE comprised PS Vijay Shankar as the representative of Dr Mihir Shah, two civil society representatives Dr S K Singh and Dr Vijay Gupta, joint director of Women and Child Development R N Raghuvanshi and divisional joint commissioner of health, Gwalior, Dr Mohan Singh. A copy of the report has also been sent to the district collector with the directive to submit an action-taken report (ATR) to Dr Mihir Shah latest by December 31.

Decrying the row between social activists and the administration in trying to “prove” or “disprove” the deaths due to starvation, JCE says “the undeniable fact is that Sheopur is one of the malnutrition hot spots of the world”. The report has held the pathetic health facilities and poor implementation of various government programmes mainly responsible for the situation.

The report further deplores the fact that even after the JCE visit malnutrition deaths did not stop in the district. “Most alarmingly, we have received unconfirmed reports after the visit of the JCE that all the four children included in the list of severely malnourished by the local administration (Bansi, Sonu, Sukhlal and Kiran) have died. This points to the dangerous level to which the current situation can escalate,’’ the report observes.
Sravani Sarkar, Bhopal November 25, 2006

“All this points to a complete failure of governance, of the failure of the state to provide the very basic entitlements to its citizens, in this case the nation’s future— its children,’’ it adds. The JCE has come out with 42 recommendations for immediate action. They include immediate attention to the severely malnourished and chronically ill children, setting up of fully staffed 13 new primary health centres (PHCs) and 38 new sub-health centres, proper implementation of health schemes, urgent steps to meet the target of 850 anganwadi centres in the district in six months as per the Supreme Court directive, proper implementation of midday meal scheme and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, increasing public distribution system (PDS) outlets in the tribal areas, enforcing of SC orders on purchase of grain and ensuring that all members of primitive tribe families get Antyoday Anna Yojana cards.


Saturday, November 25, 2006

Blood shortage in Shivpuri's blood bank

District Shivpuri has only one blood bank which always faces the shortage of blood

Ten years back Shobha blood bank was established in the district. It has facility of to store blood and blood exchange but there may be few which had availed of this facility.

One can see many visiting the blood bank for want of the blood for their near and dear admitted in hospital or elsewhere, which they never receive. Either one fulfills the need by getting blood from outside the district or from a blood donor. Even people who have been registered as blood donors are not ready always to donate blood.

On the call of the Dr Manohar Agnani District Collector of Shivpuri, non governmental organisations did started monthly blood donation camps in the district, there were few takers. Blood bank has facility to store 250 bottles of blood for 35 days but still when people need there is a standard reply which one gets ‘blood of this group is not available at the moment’.

As per Dr O P Sharma statement in the news - blood bank face variation but blood of group O+ and B group faces shortage. He acknowledged that since the time NGOs have started the monthly blood donation camps there has been change in the situation.

Published in Dainik Bhaskar – November 17, 2006 Shivpuri edition

(Blog’s commentsAs per official records State has 107 blood banks for 60.38 million people. If situation of the limited available blood banks is same as in Shivpuri and Bhind (story and impact of non functional blood bank is published below) how can one save lives of people including women and children in the state. Availability of the Blood is a major issue, which needs urgent ACTION- A wake up call for state's helath department)

Within two hours, two pregnant women lose their lives at the Bhind district hospital

Will we be able to reduce MMR ?

by Aarti Pandey, November 23, 2006.

In last few days in the Bhind district two pregnant women lost their lives within one hour in the district hospital. As per the article penned by Aarti Pandey published in the hindi daily of Madhya Pradesh ‘Deshbandhu’ two pregnant women namely Rekha Bhadoriya and Kiran Jatav Sarkar lost their precious lives due to negligence at the district hospital.

Article analyses that optimum adequate facilities at the hospitals are just missing and the most needed blood bank facility is not functioning, and as a result of which these two women lost their precious lives.

Rekha Bahdoriya was admitted to the hospital as she reported of bleeding in her seventh month of pregnancy, but unfortunately hospital did not had have any functional blood bank facility and hence due to lack of blood she lost her life. (blog’s additional comments - Though as per the state’s health department website district has a functional blood bank in the state).

Similarly Kiran wife of Mukesh Jatav of Bhind was pregnant and complained of pain on November 10, 2006, when her family brought her to the hospital wherein doctors advised her for some routine tests i.e. hemoglobin and blood group. She was prescribed medicine for stomach ache and was sent back. She delivered baby on November 16, 2006 at her home and had some complications when her family rushed her to hospital. At the hospital doctor saw her after one hour but she not given any treatment. Her family waited with hope that doctors would take care of her for another two hours but the time they could decide to treat her she was no more.

The article questions sensitivities of the staff at the hospital and facilities available at the at the district headquarters. On the issue of Kiran hospital administration say that they did not have the proper beds so she could not be admitted while in case of Rekha blood bank was not functional. Article also ponders over available human resources at the hospital and the way these hospitals are working ?.

Article was published in ‘Deshbandhu’, Bhopal on November 24, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Dainik Bhaskar calls for strategic action plan to combat IMR/MMR in the state of MP

Edit by Dainik Bhaskar reflecting on the need of a strategic combat plan to helps reduce IMR and MMR in the state at much faster pace with focus on rural madhya pradesh..

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Issue of MMR in the state assembly of MP

Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, in a written reply accepted that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) that was 498 in past two years, remained the same in current year. However, he claimed that the infant mortality rate (IMR) has decreased to 79 per 1,000 in comparison to the figure of 82 in past two years. He also informed that there are 138 posts of gynecologists and 134 posts of pediatricians are sanctioned the state, while 40 and 41 posts are lying vacant in these categories respectively.

story on assembly proceedings at

www. mpnewsonline.com

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Jan Adhikar Manch concerns on MMR

Published at mpnewsonline.com

Bhopal, Nov 07: "Though data available with he government states that maternal mortality rate (MMR) has come down, factually more than 27 women die every day in the Madhya Pradesh. This is more than one death per hour," said Sandesh Bansal, State Coordinator of the Jan Adhikar Manch.

Mr Bansal was speaking at the two-day meeting organised at Bhopal to discuss the status of maternal mortality in the state. He further said that Madhya Pradesh still figures among the six worst states in the country that has high maternal mortality rate. And above all, this data is based on sample survey only.

Jan Adhikar Manch is a network of non-governmental organization within the state of Madhya Pradesh working on issues of women health. The network partners of Manch expressed concern on the issue. The members have called for shifting of mode in state’s response. Time is to shift from awareness mode to action, they added.

Manch members in the meeting felt that the time has now come to strengthen implementation efforts with greater energy at the village level. The partners NGOs from eleven districts of Sidhi, Panna, Tikamgarh Sheopur, Sidhi, Shivpuri, Guna, Rewa, Satna, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia and Ashok Nagar are running a campaign namely ‘Save our Mothers’ in the state. The campaign aims at raising concern on the high maternal mortality in the state and bringing accountability of the maternal deaths in the state.

Manch and its network partners had taken the issue of maternal mortality into the debated of the Gram Sabhas held recently in local panchayats. Approximately 50 such special Gram Sabhas have been organised till now.