ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
FEMALE STERILIZATION SERVICES IN PUNJAB: AN OVERVIEW
Poonam Sandhir
 
ABSTRACT
In the current era of development and globalization, mere provision of family planning services in public health sector is not enough. A critical aspect is the quality of services provided. Female sterilization is the preferred method to limit the family size in India. The main objectives of the paper are to have an insight into women’s experience and understanding of female sterilization; quality of care; and standard operating procedures being followed in Punjab. The study is based on the primary data collected from health facilities of four districts in Punjab selected randomly. The study indicates that providing quality services in public health system can be challenging, but also presents tremendous opportunity for improvement. A comparison with the mandatory guidelines from the Government of India shows that a number of elements could be improved in the place of sterilization. Stringent guidelines must come up along with rigorous monitoring. This will secure a minimal level of quality while delivering sterilization services to the community.
 
KEYWORD
ANM, ASHA, National Family Planning (NFP) Programme, Post-operative counseling, Sterilization.
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