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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 300-303
Gap Analysis in workforce and infrastructure in the subcenters for upgradation to health and wellness center in a community development block of purba Bardhaman district, West Bengal


1 Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Bardhaman, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Soumalya Ray
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata - 700058, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_552_20

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Context: The government of India has recently decided to upgrade subcenters (SCs) to health and wellness centers (HWCs) for providing comprehensive quality services. Aims: The present study was undertaken to determine workforce- and infrastructure-wise gaps in the SCs for upgradation to HWCs and assess knowledge of the auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) regarding services to be delivered through HWCs. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Bhatar block of Purba Bardhaman district between August and October 2019. Subjects and Methods: Workforce and infrastructure availability was assessed using a checklist in 38 SCs and knowledge was assessed using a questionnaire among ANMs. Statistical Analysis Used: Data entry and analysis was done in Microsoft™ Excel™. Results: No Subcentre had Community Health Officer and 23.7% of Subcentre were without second ANM. 28.9% of the ANMs had adequate knowledge about services to be delivered through HWCs. Infrastructurally, lack of staff residential facility (76.3%), water supply (34.2%), and inadequate civil construction (34.2%) were major barriers. Conclusions: Adequate recruitment of HCWs, infrastructure upliftment, and proper training of HCWs in the SCs are the need of the hour.


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