Special Correspondent

Report paints a mixed picture of health status

Execution of schemes would help achieve targets

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan report of the National Family Health Survey-3 was released here on Tuesday with a call to strengthen delivery of health care services in the rural areas by improving the infrastructure and generating awareness among the local communities to enable them to get benefits of various schemes.

State Additional Chief Secretary Parmesh Chandra released the report in the presence of senior Medical and Health Department officers at a workshop organised by the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, which served as a nodal agency in conducting the nation-wide survey.

NFHS-3 is the third in a series of national surveys conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development, UNICEF, U.N. Population Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and 18 research organisations.

The field work for NFHS-3 was conducted in two phases between December 2005 and August 2006 with interviews of women in the age group of 15 to 49 years and men between 15 and 54 and testing of men and women for HIV and adults and young children for anaemia.

The survey report offers a comprehensive picture of health, nutrition and population in the country.

Mr. Chandra said the findings recorded in the State report would help in making further improvements in the health and family welfare policies and programmes.

He pointed out that the execution of schemes in the stipulated timeframe would help achieve the targets of qualitative improvement in delivery of services.

Principal Medical and Health Secretary R.K. Meena said the department would ensure a good quality of health care services in the remote rural areas. “The Janani Suraksha Yojana and institutional deliveries, in particular, will be implemented with the objective of rendering timely assistance to pregnant women.”

A presentation on NFHS-3 made on the occasion highlighted various aspects of malnutrition, immunisation, anaemia, mother and child health, domestic violence, AIDS, family welfare, infant mortality rate and family life education covered by the survey.

The NFHS-3 report paints a mixed picture of overall reproductive health status while pointing out that though women are having fewer children and infant mortality rate has dropped during the last decade, anaemia and malnutrition are still widespread among children and adults.