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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 260-266

Assessing Indian public health standards for community health centers: A case study with special reference to essential newborn care services

1 Professor and Dean (Training), Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, India
2 Research Officer, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, India

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P R Sodani
Professor and Dean (Training), Institute of Health Management Research, 1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur - 302 011
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Source of Support: WHO India Country Office, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.92402

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The main objective of the study is to identify the availability of infrastructure facility, human resources, investigative services, and facility based newborn care services with respect to Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) at community health centers (CHC) of Bharatpur District of Rajasthan State. Data were collected from service providers at CHC through well structured questionnaire at thirteen CHCs situated at Bharatpur District of Rajasthan State. It was found that infrastructure facilities were available in almost all the CHCs, but shortage of manpower especially specialists was observed. Availability of investigative services was found quite satisfactory except ECG. It was also observed that none of the CHCs have fully equipped facility based newborn care services (including newborn corner and newborn care stabilization unit). As per IPHS suggested in the revised draft (2010) important deficiencies were revealed in the studied CHCs of Bharatpur district and by additional inputs such as recruiting staff, improving infrastructure facilities, CHCs can be upgraded.

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