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STATE

2009: A productive year for Lakhimpur NRHM
CORRESPONDENT
 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 17 The National Rural Health Mission of Lakhimpur district, which has already established itself as one of the best districts by successfully implementing various important healthcare programmes and bringing unprecedented changes in the rural health sector has passed an equally eventful and productive year in 2009. In 2009, the NRHM-Lakhimpur appointed 17 new doctors in the district and selected 1036 ASHA workers.

It has constructed infrastructure and residential facilities for doctors and nurses inside the hospital campuses in this year and completed the upgradation of Bihpuria PHC to first referral unit. It also completed the construction of four Labour Rooms in four minor PHCs of Lakhimpur district at the cost of Rs 5 lakh each in the year 2009. Other construction works initiated in 2009 such as labour rooms in six other PHCs at the cost of Rs 6 lakh each, 11 stabilisation units and sick and new born care unit and maternity complex at North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital are nearing completion.

The NRHM-Lakhimpur has registered 10, 327 births in government hospitals of the district where 10,155 mothers were benefited by the Janani Suraksha Yojna. In immunisation sector Lakhimpur district has achieved an impressive growth of 80% and in laparoscopic sterilisation the district achieved successes in 1383 women and 968 men in 2009. It also organised 6246 rural health and nutrition days between April '09 and November '09.

The mobile medical unit conducted 177 health camps and served 46, 518 patients in the interior parts of Lakhimpur district since its inception on March 14, 2008 till the end of 2009. Similarly in the evening OPD service 84, 310 patients were benefited till November '09. The NRHM-Lakhimpur has also formed 1036 Village Health and Sanitation Committees and provided an annual assistance of Rs 10,000 each.

Another important service launched by NRHM-Lakhimpur in 2009 was Floating Hospitals and Boat Clinics. This service organised 98 health camps in 113 riverine villages under Bihpuria and Nowboicha PHCs from April 2009 to December 2009 treating 11,863 patients. Similarly the Maajani and Maamani Schemes started in 2009 have been going on successfully in Lakhimpur district since its inception in early 2009. The NRHM-Lakhimpur has also provided yoga classes for school students in 2009 in association with Ekalavya, an NGO in public-private initiative programme.

In the year 2009 the North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital also earned a considerable amount of revenue of Rs 3,33,650 from paying cabins and Rs 4,59,750 from blood bank. The Lakhimpur District Health Department has spent Rs 4.03 crore of the Rs 6.76 crore it received for the year 2009-10.