Utkal Reporter Bureau
Bhubaneswar|17 September 2017
With the neonatal mortality rate 37 per thousand Odisha owns the infamous record of standing at the top in the country. The national neonatal mortality rate is 28. But, who cares? There has been no exercise in the last three years by the assigned Government Medical College and Hospitals (GMCH) to find out the reason behind the deaths of new born babies in those institutions.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the report for general and social sector for the year 2015-16 has disclosed it.The CAG report was tabled in the Odisha assembly on September 16.
The clinical departments of all GMCH are assigned since September 2013 to conduct review meetings every month on the neonatal deaths so that the reasons of death can be traced and remedial measures can be taken. But the CAG report says,” GMCHs had not conducted any death review to identify the causes of death, during 2013-16″ the CAG also noted that the government has not ensured the meetings to take place at regular intervals.
The report also pointed out that the hospitals did not conduct any prescription audit, which ensures rational use of medicines and discourages promotion of a particular brand. The health department issued an order in September 2012 that such audits would be done annually by a engaging professional agency.
As per the CAG report there were 16,651 deaths of newborns in the “test-checked” GMCH and district headquarters hospitals in the subsequent three years since 2013.