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Natl J Community Med. 2013; 4(2): 304-307

A Study of Assessment of Maternal Health Service Utilization in Rural area of Surat district by Multi Indicator Cluster Survey

Hitesh Shah, Binita Desai, Vipul Chaudhari, S L Kantharia.


"Introduction: Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) method is popular for assessment of health service coverage.
Aims and objectives: To know utilization of health care services among women who delivered in last year (2010-11).
Methodology: Cluster sampling methodology was used to select 30 clusters. In each cluster minimum 8 women who delivered in last year were interviewed for maternal health service utilization indicators like ANC services, Intra natal services and PNC services.
Result: 96.35% women received at least ANC services. Approxi-mately one out of five deliveries was home deliveries and rate of caesarean section was 12.8%. Approximately half of women were visited for post natal care by government health providers.
Conclusion: Iron folic acid consumption and promotion of institutional delivery were key issues. Quality of maternal health care services remains an issue and should be strengthened to improve maternal indicators."

Key words: Antenatal care, Maternal health, Service utilization.

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