Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK

 
 

Bihar constitutes State Monitoring Teams to improve health services

The Department of Health, Government of Bihar has constituted State Monitoring Teams to improve the quality of health services being provided under the National Health Mission and sharpen coordination up to the peripheral level.

Patna: State Monitoring Teams have been constituted by the Department of Health, Bihar, to improve the quality of health services being provided under the National Health Mission and sharpen coordination up to the peripheral level. These teams make visits to the health facilities and assess the quality of services. 

The Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) is supporting this activity of the State Health Society Bihar (SHSB) as nominated members on these teams. Each team has been assigned a district for mentoring and supportive supervision. BTAST members have made visits to facilities in five districts—Patna, Nawada, Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Rohtas—in December 2015 as part of these monitoring teams.

The team assesses services including family planning, immunization services, maternal (Labour room, Blood Bank, OT) and neonatal health services such as Newborn Care Centre (NBCC), Newborn Stabilization Unit (NBSU), State Newborn Resource Centre (SNCU); Accredited Social Health Activist and hygiene and infection control measures being observed at the health centers.

The team records its observations and submits a report with the findings, observations and recommendations on these services. The inspection team shares its findings with the Civil Surgeon, Deputy Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent FRU and the District Health officials at a debriefing meeting.

During the meeting, corrective actions with timelines are discussed, in relation to any gaps or irregularities that may have been observed during the visit. Updates for each are finally provided to the Executive Director and the State Health Committee about the gap closure activities and compliance measures.

Plans are also on for the State Monitoring Teams to review the progress of other health programmes and schemes at the district level  every month and submit their findings to the Executive Director and the State Health Committee.