FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Lawngtlai (Mizoram), Aug 27: Amongst all the eight districts of Mizoram Lawngtlai holds the highest rate in respect of pregncy, delivery and post delivery complications.
According to a District Level Household Survey of the Mizoram state done by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with Intertiol Institute for Population Sciences and Development & Research Services Pvt. Ltd., in the Lawngtlai district alone nearly 72.5 percent of women complained from having complication during their pregncy.
The extent of health problems/ complications women suffer during pregncy, delivery and post delivery period indicates the state of obstetric morbidity.
As per the report in the whole state of Mizoram, nearly 46 per cent, 23 per cent and 35 per cent of the women experienced pregncy, delivery and post delivery complications respectively. About 25 percent of the women sought treatment for pregncy complications and 19 percent for post delivery complications. Thus in every district, at an average a minimum of 20 percent of the women experienced at least one of the symptoms of pregncy complications.
As per the survey , in spite of a large proportion of women having contact with a doctor or any other health workers during the antetal period, in all districts (except Saiha) less than 30 per cent of the women sought treatment for pregncy complication. Similarly, among women who experienced at least one symptoms of postpartum complication, the proportion seeking treatment also varies across the districts, ranging from 5 percent in Lawngtlai to 37 percent in Saiha.
Moreover, the report also revealed that only 29 per cent of the women folk of the Lawngtlai district receive antetal health checkup which is the lowest in comparison to all other districts of Mizoram. Except Lawngtlai in all the other districts nearly 80 percent of women are reported to have received antetal checkup.
Thus in overall the survey reveals a very critical scerio of the district which calls in for greater attention of the authorities to improve the situation. To increase the number of live birth both post tal and pre tal check up plays a very important role, but the poor rural folks are lagging far behind from it which has ultimately resulted a poor ranking of the state with regard to health care development.