The Rajasthan Government has come up with a unique initiative to make sure that its records about maternal deaths is accurate and up to date.
According to Wikipedia, Maternal deaths are defined as “The death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes.”
According to a report, once Rajasthan government launches the initiative, any person who will inform the authorities of any such death will be eligible for a reward of a mobile recharge worth Rs 200.
Here’s how the process will work:
- The person will report any such incident to the state’s health department on a designated telephone number.
- The department will then confirm the death through its sources most probably by a visit of an ANM.
- If the information is correct, authorities will recharge the mobile number of the caller for a sum of Rs 200.
In case of more than one callers reporting the same incident, the first caller will be eligible for reward.
If you are wondering why such an initiative is being proposed you may not be familliar with Rajasthan’s plight. Rajasthan has a 4 per cent average of maternal death. i.e. out of every 100000 pregnant women 4000 are at risk of maternal deaths. 10 districts of the state fall under the highest risk zone for such cases in the country too. For swift action, true data is needed and in many cases the state is lacking that. Such initiatives will surely go a long way in solving that.