National Rural Health Mission in Meghalaya: A Review of
Past Performance and Future Directions

By B.P. Sahu and Satish Kumar

The present research was undertaken to study the past performance in relation to availability of health institution at the village level, connectivity with all weather roads, free distribution of medicine, impact of health activist at the household level, upgradation of CHC to IPHS, gaiting or availing antenatal and postnatal check up services, services received through mobile medical unit and availability of registered medical practitioner at the village level, etc. The researchers have adopted survey studies based on descriptive cum explorative research methods and selected only one block from West Khasi Hills District through random sampling procedure. 360 rural households from Nongstoin block was chosen through random sampling procedure from 12 villages selecting 30 women respondents from each village. From each household, one female respondent (age group 15- 45) was interviewed using purposive sampling method. For analysing and interpreting the data, the investigators adopted simple percentage as statistical technique. The results of the present study clearly demonstrate that majority of the villages were not having health institutions and they were not connected with all weather roads. In relation to free distribution of medicine a very less number of people were benefited and the mobile medical unit is not working properly and there is no registered medical practitioner at the village level. In order to achieve the objectives of the National Rural Health Mission efforts should be made to address these hindrances.

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