Urban Daydreaming

Referring a newborn baby to the Sick Newborn care unit. This is being done by 102 (Mahtari Express ) now. In the past Mahtari Express refused newborns. However now a new issue has arisen- the PHC refers the newborn and the ambulance does not take the mother, whom the PHC keeps. This fulfills the 48 hour admission rule, but disrupts the supply of breast milk, warmth, TLC and so affects the baby- who desperately needs mother’s milk till six months.
Measles vaccination- are we too busy to visit the one or two mothers who reach 9 months post delivery? The vaccine gets given before one year of course. But are we losing the home visit and the human touch?
Diabetes prevalence is low still- only one of 20 Mitanin Trainers in the room had a blood sugar of 198 mg/ 100ml when tested. Everyone was tested using a glucometer, around 2 hours after a meal. And one area had 5 similar newly found suspected hyperglycemics.
What should a type 2 diabetic eat? A sedentary (halka kaam karne wale) worker? Do…

Map Making made easy

At the IAPSM South Central Zone Conference there was a session on GIS Maps. The practical presentations that were shared are given here for those who would like to gain confidence in making maps on their own. If you complete these and want to know more you could write to me at

Using Arc-GIS to make a map online on your computer

You will need a csv file like this one for District Hospitals in Chhattisgarh
Or a zip of the shp file set like this one for Chhattisgarh Districts
Epicollect-5 make a map using your mobile phone

Mitanin Module List

CG Links

Health Sub Centres in ArcGIS

You can click on a sub centre to know its name. The map can be enlarged or the size decreased

Arc GIS map

New Studies from Chhattisgarh

Improving Access To Health In Urban Slums Through Rollout Of Nuhm And Expansion Of Community Processes: The Experience Of Chhattisgarh Samir Garg, Anju Khewar, K Rizu July 07, 2016, 1 (Suppl 1) A13-A14; Doi: 10.1136/Bmjgh-2016-Ephpabstracts.18
Role Of Community Health Workers In Improving Tb Detection On Scale: A Case Study From The Mitanin Programme In Chhattisgarh, India Samir Garg, Prabodh Nanda, Mukesh Dewangan July 07, 2016, 1 (Suppl 1) A16-A17; Doi: 10.1136/Bmjgh-2016-Ephpabstracts.21
Effectiveness Of ‘UNIVERSAL’ Health Insurance For Women In Urban Slums Of Raipur, Chhattisgarh Sulakshana Nandi, Rajib Dasgupta, Samir Garg, Dipa Sinha, Sangeeta Sahu, Reeti Mahobe July 07, 2016, 1 (Suppl 1) A12-A13; Doi: 10.1136/Bmjgh-2016-Ephpabstracts.17
Hepatitis E Outbreaks In Urban Areas: Challenges For Intersectoral Action Samir Garg, Shikha Gupta, K Rizu July 07, 2016, 1 (Suppl 1) A42; Doi: 10.1136/Bmjgh-2016-Ephpabstracts.56
Evaluation Of The Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram: Findings On Inequi…