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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 3502-3507

Assessment of the services of ASHA workers on antenatal and postnatal care in a district of western Uttar Pradesh, India

Department of Community Medicine, Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences, Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Prashant K Bajpai
Department of Community Medicine, Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences, Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_381_20

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Context: India accounts for 17% of the population, contributes to about 19% of maternal deaths, and 21% of childhood deaths of the world. Antenatal and postnatal services were one of the most important works done by ASHA workers. Aims: The objective of this study was to assess the services provided by ASHA workers in a district of western Utter Pradesh to her beneficiaries regarding antenatal and postnatal care. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study was done in four randomly selected blocks of the district with the help of simple random sampling technique. Subjects and Methods: A total of 384 study participants (mother having child up to 2 years of age) who availed services from the ASHA of their village. Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed using SPSS-24.0, IBM Corp., Chicago, USA. Differences between the groups were compared using the Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. P value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Out of 384 beneficiaries of ASHA workers regarding antenatal and post-natal services, only 25% educated up to ≥higher secondary. Most of the beneficiaries (>55%) escorted less than four times for ANC, whereas only 0.5% of beneficiaries received the correct number i.e., 180 or > 180 IFA tablet from the ASHA workers. Only 57.2% of beneficiaries replied ≥6 times the post natal care home visit done by ASHA. Conclusion: Services provided by ASHA workers regarding ANC and PNC were not adequate.

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