Labour rooms, theatres at GH getting facelift

Re-modelling work under way at the labour room of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi.

Re-modelling work under way at the labour room of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi.  

₹20-lakh work under way to provide facilities on the lines of LaQshya, a National Health Mission programme

The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, attached to K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College here, has begun a task of remodelling labour rooms and maternity operation theatres on the lines of LaQshya, a programme launched by National Health Mission.

The programme is aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and improving quality of care during delivery and immediate post-partum care, stabilisation of complications and ensuring timely referrals to offer an effective follow-up system. It also aims at enhancing patient satisfaction and providing Respectful Maternity Care (RMC).

Improving infrastructure, ensuring availability of essential equipment, providing adequate human resources, capacity building of healthcare workers and improving quality processes in the labour room are among the salient features of the LaQshya programme. As per the Operational Guidelines for Obstetric High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units, a team of workers are making changes in labour rooms, furniture and equipment.

Dean S. Saradha told The Hindu that the remodelling would cost ₹20 lakh. It had been decided to invite donations for providing value-addition to the labour room. The work would be completed within a month.

A team from National Health Mission would soon visit the hospital to assess changes being made in accordance with LaQshya programme. The changes would be in such a way to receive top certification and medal of the Union Health Ministry, Ms. Saradha said.

Stating that ensuring privacy to the mother-to-be and comfortable delivery mechanism were among the important aspects of the programme, she said additional provisions were being made at labour rooms, waiting room, post operation theatre room and neo-natal care unit in accordance with clinical protocol for management of labour.

She said steps would also be taken to improve the environment of natural delivery process in order to avoid unnecessary induction and to provide privacy to the mother during the intrapartum period by way of separate labour room or at least a private cubicle. The new initiative would reduce preventable maternal and neonatal mortality and still birth rates.

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