MINISTRY OF HEALTH ORGANISES NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING MATERNAL DEATH SURVEILLANCE RESPONSE (MDSR) AND MATERNAL NEAR MISS (MNM) REVIEW 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH ORGANISES NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING MATERNAL DEATH SURVEILLANCE RESPONSE (MDSR) AND MATERNAL NEAR MISS (MNM) REVIEW 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently organised a two-day national workshop on ‘Strengthening Maternal Death Surveillance Response (MDSR) and Maternal Near Miss (MNM) Review’. The new MDSR guidelines are built on the earlier released guidelines with salient features like paradigm shift to response from review, no name, no blame policy, introduction of confidential review, review of migrant maternal deaths, use of ICD10 classification for causes of maternal death, introduction of tools and templates for minutes of meeting and supportive supervision checklists for simpler monitoring, disaggregation of ‘others’ category of causes of maternal deaths and use of data for planning of local action.

The processes of MDSR and MNM together help in not only tracking maternal deaths but also understanding the underlying causes of and stimulate and guide actions to prevent deaths in future. Sensitization and orientation of participants towards this thought was the central theme of the workshop.

During the workshop an action plan has been delineated as follows:

  • Four medical institutes have been identified as the regional training centres namely MGIMS Wardha, Institute of OBGYN, Chennai, KGMU Lucknow and Guwahati Medical College, Assam for creation of Master Trainers.
  • The process of identifications of additional training sites is currently underway
  • Development of training module
  • Involving Development Partners like WHO, UNICEF, etc. in various activities of implementation
  • Explore the possibility of linking Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and MDSR
  • Explore the possibility of developing national level software for MDSR

At the workshop all participants of all levels, international, national and regional, expressed renewed commitment towards implementing and strengthening MDSR and MNM in the country. The workshop saw multi-stakeholder deliberations on the sensitization, orientation and implementation on MDSR and MNM processes. It was attended by the representatives of MoHFW, NHSRC along with participants from 33 States and 45 medical colleges, Development Partners like WHO, UNICEF, etc., and civil society organizations.

Rs. 7 Lakh crores investment needed for the highways sector in next 5 years 

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has estimated a fund requirement of about Rs. 6.92 lakh crore for the development of National Highways in the country during the next five years. This requirement will be met from the Gross Budgetary Support of the Ministry, the Central Road Fund, Toll remittance, Monetization of National Highways through Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model, external borrowings by National Highway Authority of India and private sector investment. This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & highways and Shipping Shri Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. He also informed that the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has identified 208 level crossings on National Highways for construction of ROBs under Setu Bharatam Scheme and feasibility study of 87 ROB projects has been completed so far.

Shri Mandaviya also informed that the Government has envisaged to increase the existing National Highway network of 1.15 lakh kms in the country to 2 lakh kms. The requirement of funds for development of these National Highways will be met through different sources as mentioned above.

In a separate written reply, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya informed the House that the Government encourages the use of plastic waste in construction of National Highways specially within 50 km periphery of the urban areas having population of 5 lakhs or more. However, at present, no National Highway has been constructed using plastic waste.

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