Meghalaya has 48.86 percent of non-institutional deliveries, revealed Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment (MACWE) chairperson, Ampareen Lyngdoh on Monday.
Lyngdoh said that this is an alarming figure in the 21st century and this accounts for a high rate of maternal mortality rate in the state.
MACWE member, Himalaya Shangpliang said that 16 pregnancy related deaths have occurred in the last ten months in two CHCs of Meghalaya.
The Committee has asked the health department to conduct an audit of the 108 ambulance services in the state and 48 of the currently operating ambulance services which are not maintained properly.
It has also asked the health department to provide proper health kits to mid-wives so that the mothers do not face complications during child birth.
The Committee also revealed that ASHA workers are not properly paid for their services.
Lyngdoh also said that the department should review the number of maternity wards in the Community Health Centers and Civil Hospitals in the state, reports Northeast Today.
The Committee also said that the doctors of rural hospitals do not attend to their duties regularly.
Ampareen also said that the Committee would visit Ganesh Das Hospital, Lalong Civil Hospital, Songsak CHC and Williamnagar Hospital to review its operations.
The Committee has also asked the department to ensure that the MHIS IV begins at the earliest as it is a beautiful scheme which has helped many people.