To keep the trend of such development going forward, Chief Secretary of Odisha,
Bijay Kumar Patnaik, advised to empower the Janch (monitoring) committees
and Mothers’ committees with more knowledge and information on nutrition.
Patnaik also advised to plan for their orientation and training at block level
through reliable NGOs. While suggesting the department to undertake training
programmes for SHG engaged in THR (Take Home Ration) production and ICDS
supervisors about how to maintain nutrition level in THR, Patnaik advised the
department to develop a comprehensive plan for communication on nutrition in
consultation with experts from State Institute of Health and draw a year-long
calendar of communication activities.
Other important issues that figured in meeting were related to combating
malaria, malnutrition, making CHCs (Community Health Centres) more
effective, service oriented and attractive for handling and promoting
institutional delivery. The meeting drew opinion that the mothers should
be encouraged to stay at least for 2 days in the hospital with their new
born babies for proper care and treatment. Chief Secretary advised to
department to plan out details for giving them child health, feeding and
sanitation information along with a model baby kit during their stay in
Development Commissioner of Odisha, Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, who also
attended the meeting, suggested to prepare a detail plan for development
of maternal and child care units in CHCs and ensure deployment of
gynaecology specialists in each CHC while advising the department to
saturate distribution of mosquito nets in all the endemic areas and take
up intensive campaign for prevention of malaria in all these areas.
Reviewing Pre-school and early child hood education activities in ICDS
centres, Chief Secretary told the department to develop a best model for
children with inputs from experts and activists working in the filed of
early childhood education.
Rural Development Secretary S. N. Tripathy, who participated in
discussion on sanitation activities in AWC, suggested that the
beneficiaries covered under MAMATA can be obliged to construct their
household toilets by availing financial and technical assistance.
Tripathy assured that the financial assistance to the tune of Rs.10000
would be transmitted to their bank accounts directly.
As per available data, MAMATA programme was effective with 6.32 lakh
women covered till November 2012. An amount of Rs.172 Cr. was disbursed
to expecting mothers through e-transfer of money directly to their
accounts. Maternal and Child Protection cards were issued and made
operational in case of pregnant women.
The Chief Secretary further advised the department to keep track of all
the mothers through proper counselling so that they regularly undergo
medical check-up and take necessary safety and nutritional measures and
avail all the 4 instalments in time.