Thursday, July 09, 2015
Anganwadis in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) boast of a strong team consisting of over 1 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers and another 1 lakh ASHA workers, ANMs and other personnel working under the Health Department owned sub-centres. Yet, AP Anganwadis report high maternal and infant mortality rates and low literacy rate among women.
In a move to address this concern, the State government has launched a unique initiative which will involve web-enabled monitoring of the sub-centres, Primary Health Centres, and Community Health Centres every month.
The format, devised by the State’s Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, aims to maximize understanding of the ground realities in Anganwadis and health sub-centres by physical inspection of each centre at least once a month. The feedback would involve giving marks for the facilities, functioning of the centre, attendance of staff, etc. The reports will then be filed through web-enabled inspection tools and will go online instantly for the State level officials to monitor them.
“Ït is a web-enabled inspection and every month 100 per cent sub-centres, Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres will be visited and we get reports immediately from the field. This will prevent one from fudging figures as supervisors and next level officers would visit the premises regularly,” said Poonam Malakondaiah, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical and also in-charge of Department of Women, Children and Disabled.
The State aims to visit and finish reporting all the 53,000 anganwadis by 100% in a month. The inspection of anganwadis has already commenced from May 15th and that of the sub-centres by the month of June. By the end of the month, the district-wise reports would be ready for the Collectors to monitor them.
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