Barwani: No roads, hilly terrain… But this could not deter Green Commando-130 auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) – from achieving 100 per cent immunization in one of the backward blocks of Barwani district.
A dedicated team of ANMs toiled tirelessly and walked more than 1000 kilometres to reach 400 hilltops at 33 villages and 130 faliyas (parts of village) of the district. They vaccinated kids and pregnant women in just two days.
The mission-Green Commando- is brainchild of Barwani collector Dr Tejaswi S Naik. He started this mission after he found out high mortality rate of pregnant women and children in Pati block. “Pati comes under 10 backward blocks of India with high mortality rate because of lack of vaccination. It was difficult to approach and reach the villages of the block due to its topography. After harvesting Kharif crop villagers would migrate to big cities and other states for six months to earn their livelihood. Owing to this we were unable to vaccinate all the pregnant women and children. Last year only 14 per cent of them were vaccinated. So we decided to begin mission Green Commando.”
Eight primary health centres of Pati block had very less number of ANMs adding to the problems of the administration. The administration had to find out a solution to this problem. Consequently they decided to deploy all the ANMs of the district for 2 days to Pati. Deputy collector Jayati Singh was appointed as nodal officer of the programme.
“We also took help of teachers, forest officials, women and child welfare department along with all top officials in the mission. They became its observers just like the one in elections,” said collector Naik.
The Green Commando team administered BCG vaccine to 301 children, ‘five in one’ pentavalent to 452 children. Also, 634 children were vaccinated against measles, while 212 were given vitamin A solution. DPT dosage was given to 269 children. Similarly 257 kids were administered OPV, while 107 adminsitered tetanus toxoid. The ANMs also examined 239 pregnant women.
“We did it last year after Dussehra and Bhagoriya and immunised 90% children. This year we overcame our hurdles and achieved 100 per cent target. Officials and ANMs interacted with students by staying in ashrams and hostels and also gave health tips to them,” said the collector
Speaking about the name Green Commando, he explained, “We call ANMs as Green Commandos because they use to work in tough condition like soldiers. Soldiers safeguard the borders, while the Green Commandos save our future generation and mothers from several deadly diseases. This technique will also be applied in other parts of the district to achieve 100% vaccination target.”