Special Correspondent

Community score card for PHCs and social audit in health sub-centres to be introduced

CSC methodology has been tested at Jammadevipeta village

Social audit will involve assessment of all those who work at a PHC

VISAKHAPATNAM: After the State Government decided to extend the e-muster system, introduced by the District Administration to monitor the NREGS works through mobile phones and GPS through the entire district, two new methods to provide better medical care and keep a close watch on the public distribution system are being introduced.

The community score card (CSC) methodology for PHCs and social audit in health sub-centres to improve the services as well as social accountability, and Electronic Public Distribution Stock Monitoring System (EPDSMS) are being introduced, Collector J. Syamala Rao told reporters here on Monday.

Both are likely to be introduced at the State-level later, he said.

The CSC methodology has been tested at Jammadevipeta village under KJ Puram PHC in Madugula mandal while the EPDSMS will be in place by June.

Under the CSC method and social audit of sub-centres, teams formed with officers of medical and health, DRDA and related departments would conduct a survey on aspects like immunisation, sanitation, payment to pregnant women, etc.

Later a mandal-level meeting of beneficiaries would be organised to discuss the health care and implementation of other schemes of the Government.

Assessment

The social audit would involve assessment of all those that work at a PHC, from the Medical Officer to the sweeper and the staff would also make self assessment. Based on these findings, an action plan would be evolved to improve the services.

The social audit would be done by an independent team in the area of services, punctuality, availability of staff, drugs position, monitory benefits, etc. and a team headed by the Additional Joint Collector would develop modalities.

Such an audit was done at Jammadevipeta and necessary action on the result of the audit was being taken, Mr. Syamala Rao said.

Monitoring stocks

In the proposed EPDSMS, conceived by Joint Collector P. Bhaskar, the stocks like rice and kerosene to be distributed under PDS would be monitored from the stage they arrive at the Mandal Level Stocking (MLS) point till they reach the consumer.

The stock movement would be monitored by mobile telephones, provided by the administration with BSNL SIMs. All details of the stock would be sent to the main computer at the Civil Supplies Department here through the mobiles from the time they leave the MLS to the dealers.

Details

The stock details would be automatically sent to the mobiles of village Sarpanch or other people‘s representatives and to some selected consumers.

Additional Joint Collector S. Satyanarayana and other officials were present.