30th March 2012
Public Hearing on Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dawa Yojana, Declining Child Sex Ratio and Maternal and Child Health Issues Held
A state level public hearing on various health issues was jointly organized by Prayas Chittorgarh, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan Rajasthan, Actionaid Rajasthan and Oxfam India at RHSDP Conference Hall, Directorate of Health Services, Rajasthan. 142 people representing about 55 civil society organizations, public health experts and human rights activists, govt. officials and other stakeholders from almost all the districts of the state participated in the jansuwai which largely focused on the issues related to recently launched Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dawa Yojana, declining child sex ratio and maternal and child health issues in context of Rajasthan. The Jansunwayi was held with an objective to discuss on and bring up into forefront the current scenario, major issues and challenges
The inaugural session of the Jansunwai was addressed by Sh. A. K. Pandey, Chief Election Commissioner, Rajasthan and Prof. Lad Kumari Jain, Chairperson, Rajasthan State Women Commission. Dr. Narendra Gupta from Jan Swsathya Abhiyan Rajasthan informed participants about the objectives of the Jansunwai and said that the occassion is a perfect platform for civil society organizations and govt. officials to sit together and join hands to tackle major health challenges in the state. Sh. A.K. Pandey stressed on how despite evidences of huge economic growth at national level there is still an urgent need to deal with major health problems and other determinants of health to improve on the social indices for overall development. Prof. Lad Kumari Jain regarded the issues of declining child sex ratio and female feticide as one of the most challenging social menace and stressed that there is a need for a strong mass campaign as well as strict implementation of PCPNDT Act .
Dr. Samit Sharma, Managing Director, Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation chaired the session on Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dawa Yojana. Participants from various regions of the state presented their testimonies, cases and personal experiences related to the scheme and seeked answers to their queries and reddresal to their grievances. Participants agreed that although the scheme is a great step ahead by the govt. towards enhancing people’s access to treatment, but the present scenario puts infront a number of challenges which act as barrier towards proper implementation of the scheme. Cases of unavailability of medicines at health centres and irrational prescription practices were raised by some of the participants. Dr. Sharma informed the participants about the scheme and assured that in the months to come the scheme will only get strengthened and the present loopholes would certainly be overcome through joint efforts of govt and civil society organizations. Participants also agreed that there is an urgent need to build up a strong system of monitoring and start a mass awareness campaign across the state to make the scheme successful.
Participants also raised issues particularly related to declining child sex ratio and maternal and child health. Issues of sex determination, female feticide, malnutrition, degradation in quality of health services in public health sector, lack of human resources etc were largely raised by participants during the discussions.Others major speakers during the jansunwai were Sh. Rajendra Bhanawat, MD RIICO, Dr. Nirmal Gurbani, IIHMR Jaipur, Dr. Meeta Singh, Dr. P. R. Sodani , Dean Training, IIHMR, Ms. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL, Ms. Komal Srivastava, BGVS, Ms. Shabnam Aziz, Actionaid Rajasthan, Dr. Dhananjay, Oxfam India, Chhaya Pachauli, Prayas.
योगदानकर्ता / रचनाकार का परिचय :-
Dr. Narendra Gupta
Prayas and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
8- Vijay Colony,
Near Railway Station,
India - 312 001