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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-22
Evaluation of maternal health services being provided to the high-risk mothers of Bhavnagar district, Gujarat


Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kailesh D Bhalani
Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Near State Bus Stand, Jail Road, Bhavnagar - 364 001, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_38_19

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Background: Despite substantial progress on maternal and child mortality, neither the Millennium Development Goal 4 nor 5 targets could be met. The global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44% between 1990 and 2015, short of the targeted 75% fall. Objectives: The objective of the study is to evaluate the maternal health services being provided to the high-risk mothers (HRMs) of Bhavnagar district. Methodology: It was a cross-sectional study conducted among the HRMs of Bhavnagar district during the period from March 2017 to August 2018. A total of 90 HRMs were selected and interviewed. Results: All the HRMs were measured for blood pressure and weight; tested for hemoglobin, blood group, and HIV; and examined for pedal edema. None of the HRMs were tested for sickle cell anemia. In the best performing primary health centers (PHCs), all the HRMs were tested for venereal disease research laboratory and hepatitis B surface antigen as against 79.5% of the HRMs from the worst-performing PHCs. About 47.7% of the HRMs from the worst-performing PHCs and 13.3% of the HRMs from the best-performing PHCs made <4 antenatal care (ANC) visits. Conclusions: For most of the ANC services, reason for nonreceipt of the service as given by the HRMs was “service not offered.”


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