Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Upgraded health-care delivery services at middle-level institutions on the periphery under the National Rural Health Mission have sharply reduced the numbers at inpatient and outpatient clinics of tertiary-care institutions in the district.

The number of deliveries at Sree Avittom Tirunal Hospital has been going down in the past few months after obstetric care facilities were improved at community health centres and taluk hospitals.

Activities taken up in the district under the NRHM and the achievements of the programme so far were reviewed at the district mission meeting here on Monday. The District Medical Officer convened the meeting and District Collector Sanjeev Kaul chaired it.

Additional doctors and staff nurses at the peripheral institutions have helped take the load off tertiary-care institutions. The NRHM has posted 115 doctors and nearly 250 staff nurses on contract in the district, helping better health-care delivery in many community health centres and taluk hospitals, it was pointed out at the meeting.

The Vizhinjam, Kanyakulangara, Vithura and Kesavapuram community health centres have all been provided the service of gynaecologists and once the upgrade of these centres to Indian Public Health Standards is complete, these institutions will be ready to take deliveries, G. Sunil Kumar, District Programme Manager, NRHM, said.

The innovative programmes initiated in the district under the NRHM were presented at the meeting. The details of the community radio project, Radio Health, the urban immunisation drive, the School Health Programme and strengthening of palliative care were explained.

The untied funds for each health-care institution and maintenance funds were all being transferred to joint accounts held by the respective block panchayat presidents and medical officers through e-banking.

Varkala Radhakrishnan, MP, and George Mercier, MLA attended the review meeting.

Several block and grama panchayat presidents and district health administration officials were present.