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Jharkhand Rolls Out Healthcare Plans For Mothers

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05 July 2011
By, Chandrabindu
Ranchi, India

e– system for mother–child health record and ambulance scheme have been launched in the State to arrest mother mortality rate
Moved by the concerns of mother mortality rate (MMR), the Jharkhand government has launched three ambitious projects—mother–child protection (MCP) card, mother–child tracking system (MCTS) and Mata Wahan—to ensure prompt and proper medicare to the expecting mothers in the State.

Backed by the Unicef, the projects would be jointly executed by the State Health and Family Welfare Department and the Social Welfare Department.

State Health Minister Hemlal Murmu, while launching the projects, described the initiative as a new chapter to Jharkhand’s history in the field of mother and child care.

As proposed, the MCP card would be distributed among the expecting mothers through a chain of 38,432 anganbari centres across the State.

MCP card had been launched in the country in 2005–06, which conceptualized from the pattern of Dular Card launched by Bihar in 1999. Dular card was first started at Ranchi, West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum districts of erstwhile Bihar.

“MPC card will replace Jaccha–Baccha (JB) card in future. JB card had limited collection of information while MPC will keep elaborate information of mother and child,” the Minister said.

The new card will include detail medical profile of expecting mothers besides details of foods for mothers and children.

MCTS, popularly known as e–janani, was started from two blocks in Jharkhand including Gadu (in Latehar) and Bano (Simdega).

The system operated through digitised cards, contains details of expecting mothers such as location of their residences, physical and biological details, which could be easily retrieved by a computer at the click of the mouse.

Mata Wahan is, however, a relatively new initiative, which ensures availability of ambulance to the expecting mothers within 30–minutes of dialing certain telephone number. To begin with, the scheme has been launched at Ranchi’s three blocks, Ratu, Chano and Mandar.

Thirty ambulances have been engaged in the service. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Project Director Aradhna Patnaik said the vehicle had been equipped with all medical facilities required for safe delivery.

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