India is the second most populous country of the world and has fast changing socio-political-demographic patterns that have been drawing global attention in recent years. Worldwide an estimated five lakh woman die as a result of pregnancy each year. Approximately one quarter of all pregnancy and delivery related maternal deaths worldwide occur in India. This tragic picture has only gradually become clearer largely as a result of a growing number of good community surveys conducted since the mid 1970's which drew attention to the uunexpectedly high rates of maternal mortality and serious morbidity.
WHY INDIA DRAWING WORLD ATTENTION?
India is drawing world attention, not only because of its population explosion but also for emerging health profile and profound political, economic and social transformations. Since independence during last sixty four years, a number of urban and growth-oriented developmental programmes have been implemented, nearly 716 million rural people (72% of the total population) half of which are below poverty line (BPL) continue to fight a hopeless and constantly losing battle for survival and health. The policies implemented so far, which concentrate only on growth of economy not on equity and equality, have widened gap between Urban & Rural and haves and have-nots. Nearly 70% of all deaths and 92% of deaths from communicable diseases, occur among the poorest 20% of the population..
THE GLOBAL PICTURE
Today's status of maternal mortality and health issue shows a far greater disparity between developed and developing countries. As per 1993 statistics maternal mentality in devolved country is 30% per 100000 live births as compered to 450/100000 live births in developing countries. South Eastern Asia is 420/1 Lakh as compared to Southern Asia (650/1 Lakh). Maternal mortality in India is not a chance event. It has its origins in many interwined factors, starting with the social status , position of women, greatly effected by the economic resource and infrastructure of the country, and immediately dependent on accessibility and availability of skills, materials and facilities for family planning and maternity care.
CURRENT HEALTH SCENARIO IN RURAL INDIA
The health status of Indians, is still a cause of grave concern, specially that of the rural population. This is reflected in the life expectancy (63 years), infant mortality rate (80/1000 live birth) and maternal mortality rate (438/100000live birth). Reasons why woman die in pregnancy and child birth have many layers. Beside-direct, indirect, and co-incidental causes, there are also logistic causes that is failure in the health care system, lack of transport, lack of manpower and apathy towards patient care. And behind this are all the social cultural and political factors which together determine the status of woman, their health, fertility and health seeking behavior. To improve this scenario, the problem of the rural health is to be addressed both at the district, regional (micro) state and national (macro) level.
STEPS TO REDUCE HEALTH ISSUES IN RURAL WOMEN
Working for last couple of years at grass root level at rural area, following steps have been formulated by the author for prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity rate at rural area.. Woman health issue was divided into three 'C'(Dutta'C)i.e. crisis, care and cure.
IN STEP – I CRISIS
Every woman should know about the crisis (Problem) that may come to her life from pre-reproductive period to post reproductive period.
IN STEP – II CARE
Having knowledge about the crisis - care (Prevention) should be instituted (a) to protect against child hood and adolescent health issue (b) To prevent complications of pregnancy through early detection and treatment . (c) To provide clean and safe delivery (d) To promote the implementation of family planning programme (e) Predicting the early diagnosis of post reproductive disease. (f) centpercent encouragement fo Institutional delivery
IN STEP – III CURE
Cure (immediate action) is to be immediately implemented (a) To promote action and management of puberty and adolescent problem if any.(b) early diagnosis of complications of pregnancy and prompt management (c) To ensure clean and safe vaginal delivery (d) To ensure immediate step to prevent third stage complications.
To ensure success-The following important steps are to be formulated.
SELF INVESTIGATED RESULT
Maternal Mortality at Tertiary Level Hospital
J. N. M. Hospital, Kalyani, Nadia, W.B.
|Year||Total Delivery||Maternal Death||MMR/1 Lakh|
CAUSE OF DEATH
|9||Rupture of Uterus||Nil||Nil||1||Nil||Nil||1||Nil|
|10||Ammiotic fluid embolism||1||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||1||Nil|
Heart Failure due to Heart Disease
|13||Inversion of Uterus||Nil||1||4||1||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|14||Jaundice in Pregnancy||Nil||1||1||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|15||Fever in Pregnancy||Nil||Nil||2||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
Since 2007 ,involvement of obstetricians from KALYANI OBSTETRIC AND GYNAECOLOGICAL SOCIETY,IMA,NGO and stepwise implementation-à to improve access to adolescent health problem(ANEMIA,INFECTION), pregnancy related health services and timely interventions during intra and postpartum care, 50% to75% maternal death and morbidity has been prevented at tertiary level hospital (JNM HOSPITAL) KALYANI ,NADIA,WB(8 TO 10 THOUSANDS DELLIVERY PER YEAR). Observation showed that maternal mortility 738/1000000 live births during 2006 was found to be drastically reduce to 389(2007),280(2008), 211(2009) and 302 (2010) after implementing stepwise measures and plan of action . However our aim is to reduce maternal mortality below 150 per one lakh during 2011.
Strategies to improve coverage of effective interventions during pre-reproductive period by involving doctor and govt and others manpower could reduce the incidence of health related complications or mortality and morbidity at rural India.
Early intensive efforts to improve family planning ,to control of fertility choices, to provide safe abortion and integrated maternal health services - were the most important interventions to reduce pregnancy related mortality i.e. 150,000 maternal deaths-could be prevented in next 5 years.
Dr Dilip Kumar Dutta is an ex. Teacher, Good Academician, Excellent clinician and dedicated his service to rural women academic qualification
M.D. Ph.D., M.A.M.S., F.I.C.O.G., F.I.M.C.H., M.A.A.G.L., M.A.F.S. DIPLOMA HIGH RISK PREGNANCY (USA) DIPLOMA PELVISCOPIC SURGERY
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