The scheme is designed in order to reduce maternal and newborn mortality by strengthening the labour room and operation theatre.
“To improve the quality of delivery facilities in health units, the Centre launched the Lakshya programme on December 11, 2017. This initiative was scheduled to start in the district women hospitals, government medical colleges and other health units of the state,” read the order issued by Pankaj Kumar, mission director of National Health Mission in UP.
Under this initiative; delivery related facilities, maternal care and availability of birth companion during delivery are few of the major factors that are being focused. In this backdrop, the state authorities have created a ‘Strengthening Operating Procedure’ manual related to labour room and operation theatre – which has to be adopted by the health units.
“We have to achieve 70% of the target to get shortlisted among the hospitals which have achieved the programme guidelines,” said Manisha Verma, officiating chief medical superintendent, Meerut women district hospital