The Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) signed an MoU on Monday with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) to advance the Government’s vision to improve the quality of maternity services.
According to a press statement, this collaboration will ensure ‘One Nation One Standard’ where Maternity service providers (MSPs) will be jointly assessed by NABH and FOGSI.
Under this partnership, hospitals and nursing homes having maternal care facilities, clinical standards will be assessed, ensuring consistent, safe, and respectful care for mothers during and after childbirth. This collaboration is envisaged to improve and standardise quality across all MCH facilities in the country, a landmark step in our evolving health system, the association said in a statement.
“Embedding standards for quality of care in health systems hold great potential in reducing maternal mortality and achieving the health-related SDG targets. However, in India, despite the increase in the number of women delivered in facilities, maternal mortality remains alarmingly high, suggesting gaps in quality of care. The current SRS data suggests that India’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has improved to 103 in 2017-19, from 167 in 2011-13, highlighting improvements in our health systems but we still have a lot of ground to cover,” Dr. S. Shantha Kumari, President, FOGSI, and Treasurer, FIGO, said in a statement.
Dr. Kumari also said that with around 50% of women in the country delivering in private maternity hospitals, there is an urgent need for the adoption of clinical standards by the obstetric community. We welcome the collaboration with NABH that will only promise better outcomes and health for women in India, she added.