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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 3202-3206

Training and mentorship of medical officers to improve MCH care in public health facilities: Lessons learned from eastern Uttar Pradesh

1 Department of Community Medicine, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Specialist-FRU Strenghthening/RRTC BRDMC, IHAT, UPTSU, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Reena Srivastav
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nodal Officer- Regional Resource Training Centre, BRD Medical College Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh - 273 013
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_543_19

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Introduction: To improve the quality of MCH services in high priority districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Regional Resource Training Center (RRTC) has been established in BRD Medical College Gorakhpur. Medical College faculties empanelled at RRTC Gorakhpur carried out the training and mentoring of medical officers of public health facilities. Aims and Objectives: To study the role of training and mentoring of medical officers in terms of quality improvements of MCH services at public health facilities. Materials and Methods: The present study was carried out in women hospitals of seven districts and one of their respective CHCs of eastern Uttar Pradesh from December 2017 to October 2018. Data was collected by direct observation and review of records of OPD/IPD, labor room, operation theaters, blood bank, and blood storage facilities by mentoring team. Findings of these observations were recorded in predesigned 50 point quality assurance, and facility score was calculated. Technical score was calculated from data collected during one-to-one interaction of mentor and mentees in a predesigned and tested proforma. Result: Technical scores of medical officers showed marked improvement after mentoring visits in majority of facilities. Mentoring visits build the confidence of medical officers to deal with the complications like severe anemia, eclampsia, and postpartum hemorrhage as per latest guidelines and protocol. It also helped in the initiation and augmentation of LSCS at certain facilities. Technical scores at few facilities showed little improvement (DWH Sant Kabir Nagar, CHC Colonelganj). Mentoring visit also helped in overall facility improvement at these centers. Conclusions: The whole training and mentorship program was found effective to improve the knowledge and skills of the medical officer with few exceptions of opposition/resistance. It was found useful in overall facility improvement up to some extent.

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