New Delhi, Jul. 12: Government of India has launched “LaQshya” (Labour room Quality Improvement Initiative) to improve the quality of care in the labor room and maternity operation theatres in public health facilities. It’s a multipronged approach focused on Intrapartum and the immediate postpartum period.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
To reduce preventable maternal and newborn mortality, morbidity, and stillbirths associated with the care around delivery in the Labour room and Maternity Operation Theatre and ensure respectful maternity care.
- To reduce maternal and newborn mortality & morbidity due to hemorrhage, retained placenta, preterm, preeclampsia and eclampsia, obstructed labor, puerperal sepsis, newborn asphyxia, and newborn sepsis, etc.
- To improve Quality of care during the delivery and immediate post-partum care, stabilization of complications and ensure timely referrals, and enable an effective two-way follow-up system.
- To enhance the satisfaction of beneficiaries visiting the health facilities and provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending public health facilities.
Till date 2427 Public health facilities across the country have been identified for implementation of LaQshya Program.
Following types of healthcare facilities have been identified for implementation of LaQshya program- Government medical college hospitals, District Hospitals & equivalent health facilities, Designated FRUs and high caseload CHCs with over 100 deliveries/month ( 60 in hills and desert areas).