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Computerised NRHM projects in Punjab and Haryana
By computerising health records and extending unique identification numbers for ante-natal and post-natal vaccination and immunization schedules, the states plan to maximize their within rural populations.

Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana are gearing up to extend benefits of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to rural folks, especially children and women, by computerising their health information and issuing them a unique identification number.

In Haryana, children up to the age of five and pregnant women in the rural areas of Kurukshetra, Kiathal and Rohtak districts are being issued a 16-digit unique identification number to keep a track on their health.

The pilot project has been taken under the NRHM, which will gradually be extended to the entire state.

At the moment, immunisation schedule of pregnant women and children and other health related-data of every village are maintained manually in registers.

"In all likelihood, many beneficiaries are missing out on their immunisation schedule as their information may not be getting entered manually. Therefore, we have decided to go for complete computerisation of records,” NRHM (Haryana) Director PK Das said.

In rural areas of certain districts, the pilot project has been launched. The auxiliary nurses and midwives are being provided with “trigger sheets” on immunisation schedule of every woman and child. They have to fill data online and send it to primary health centres concerned, Das added.

Similarly in Punjab, the modalities of the projects are being worked upon.

“We are initially going to extend the unique identification number for ante-natal and post-natal vaccination and immunisation schedule. Computerisation of records with the issuance of unique number will help in tracking each and every patient,” NRHM (Punjab) Director B Purushartha said.

Source: iGovernment