An analysis of utilization of maternal health care services in eag states and Assam
Saraswati Kerketta, Poulami Brajabasi
Utilisation of ante natal care is one of the most important aspects of maternal care to prevent maternal mortality. It is evident that all over the world every year, many women die due to pregnancy complications. These deaths could have been prevented if the mothers would have been provided timely health care before pregnancy, and or during pregnancy. In India, regional variations can be seen in terms of utilization of these health care services. EAG (Empowered Action Group) states and Assam are at very poor level in utilization of these services. Only 12 percent of the mothers receive full recommended ante natal care services. Even mothers in these states do not receive ante natal care from skilled health personnel. Again there are socio-economic barriers which pay role in affecting the utilization of ante natal care services in these states. There is urgent need to increase the utilization of ante natal care services among these states, for this government should make some region specific maternal health scheme so that overall development can be done in the given region.