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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 112-9

Time utilisation pattern of staff of two primary health centres in Ballavgarh, Haryana.

Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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S K Kapoor
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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BACKGROUND: All National health programmes are implemented through the Primary Health Centre staff. Targets for the year 2000 A.D. have been fixed for different programmes. Some programmes are getting more emphasis, perhaps at the cost of others. The study area has already achieved most of the targets set for 2000 A.D. Studying the time utilisation pattern of the workers of these PHCs can give valuable information for planning of working of other PHCs. OBJECTIVE: To study the time utilisation pattern of the staff of the two PHCs run by Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS. METHODS: The multipurpose workers (MPWs) and the health assistants (HAs) were accompanied by investigators and information collected regarding their utilisation of time in the field. The Medical Officers were asked to maintain a diary from which this information was collected RESULTS: The MPWs spend about 3.3 minutes in each house. Child care (immunisation, Vit. A and folifer distribution) is the main activity being carried out by both male as well as female worker. Other important activities for male worker are: family welfare (18%), malaria work (11%) and collection of vital statistics (10%). For the female worker Antenatal care (25%) and family welfare (20%) were other important activities. For the HAs also child care was an important activity. However for the male HA malaria related work was the most important. The Medical Officer spends about 60% of this time in administrative and supervisory work. CONCLUSIONS: Immunisation programme is getting the maximum input from workers, which is reflected in > 90% coverage of all vaccines. Family Welfare and Tuberculosis activity are not getting the emphasis which they deserve. Some rethinking about the strategy is essential if all round progress in achieving the targets for the year 2000 A.D. is to be made.

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