Young IAS Officer brings down Maternal Mortality Ratio in Rajasthan

Rajasthan:- Arti Dogra, a young IAS officer of 2006 cadre in Rajasthan, has won accolades for her unique initiatives to check Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) as the District Magistrate of Bundi district

The first-of-its-kind High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System Programme, a brainchild of 32-year-old Dogra after she took over as the DM in 2010, helped in significantly bringing down the MMR here, which came down from 44 per 1,00,000 live births in 2009–10 to 38 in 2010-11 and further to 28 in 2011-12.

Impressed with the unique scheme, the government not only felicitated the district Chief Medical Health Officer for department’s commendable fete during a seminar in Jaipur recently but also decided to launch it across Rajasthan. “The state health department has issued orders to implement the programme to all the hospitals of the state,” CMHO O P Gupta said.

“Under the scheme, a survey of pregnant women is conducted and if abnormalities are found, they come on the priority list of the medical staff, which then takes care of the mother during her pregnancy period,” Dogra said.

Local nurse–cum-midwife keeps track of pregnant women with high risk. Following examination of their medical history, doctors at Primary Health Centres regularly check them for vulnerable diseases like anaemia and high BP, she said. A circle is also marked on the houses of women with high risk pregnancy to alert medical staff for instant help.