SHILLONG, Dec 3: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment (MACWE) on Monday revealed that the state records 48.6 percent non-institutional deliveries.
“In the 21st Century this is an alarming number and it’s the main factor for the high Maternal Maternity Rate in the state,” Ampareen Lyngdoh chairperson of the committee said.
The Assembly Committee has suggested to the Health department that it should provide adequate kits and wherewithal to the mid-wife to ensure that a child is delivered safely and there are no complications to mothers during child birth even as it pointed out that post natal-care is a serious concern in the state.
The Committee has also expressed concern over the fact that ASHA workers are not paid regularly.
The chairperson also informed that the Assembly Committee has directed the state Health department to review the number of maternity wards in the Community Health Centers and Civil Hospitals in the state.
The committee also enquired at length on the role of the Primary Health Centers on issue of maternity and child care.
Meanwhile, the Assembly Committee also stated that it was aware the doctors serving in rural areas of the state do not attend to their duties regularly.
“We have asked the department to make enquiry and make a self audit of CHCs and PHCs in the state,” Lyngdoh added.
Meanwhile, the Assembly Committee will visit the Ganesh Das Hospital to enquire why the new building has not taken off despite the fact that fund has been sanctioned in 2012.
The chairperson of the committee also pointed out women workers in the unorganized sector are not given maternity benefits.
Lyngdoh also pointed out that it has come to light that even educational institutions are not giving six months maternity leave with salary.
“This is absolute violation of human rights. The rules must be adhered to since they are Supreme Court rulings,” the chairperson of the Assembly Committee said.
Moreover, the Assembly Committee also informed that it will organize a pre-Christmas celebration in Ganesh Das Hospital, Jowai Civil Hospital and in a hospital in Resubelpara and Songsak in Garo Hills.