Model Maternal and Child Health (MCH) wing
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has approved the setting up of a 100- bed model Maternal and Child Health (MCH) wing for comprehensive reproductive, maternal, newborn and child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) at MGIMS.
The project proposal submitted through the Government of Maharashtra is estimated to cost Rs 20 crores. This centre will provide quality maternal and child health services covering the full perspective of RMNCH+A and will showcase all the technical protocols including infection prevention. The 100- bed MCH wing will include the outpatient department, antenatal and postnatal wards, operation theatres, sick newborn critical unit, labour rooms, obstetric intensive care units, skills labs and other such areas. Construction of the project has begun and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. MGIMS is a key partner with Government of India and Government of Maharashtra and is involved in various national health programmes related to implementation of RMNCH+A such as Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) training, life saving anesthetic skills (LSAS) training, facility based newborn care.
This wing, located close to the registration OPD of the hospital will ensure that pregnant women and newborn get high-quality evidence-based care that they can afford and easily access. RMNCH+A approach essentially looks to address the major causes of mortality among women and children as well as the delays in accessing and utilising health care and services.
MGIMS is all set to follow the strategic direction, make use of the generic funding for this project and set this hospital as a benchmark for sustained and dedicated implementation of national programme that embodies the vision for comprehensive and integrated health services most importantly for the adolescents, mothers and children.
India accounts for 19% (56,000 of 287,000) of all global maternal deaths. Also 16 lakh children fail to celebrate their fifth birthday in India. MGIMS hopes that the healthcare workers, obstetricians and paediatricians in the hospital will provide enough evidence and design strategic interventions to get these numbers down.