Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Counselor

RMNCH Counselor is being placed at the public sector health facilities under the National Health Mission to play a key role in increasing awareness and generating demand for the various RMNCH services provided at the facilities.

Government of West Bengal
Directorate of Health Services
State Family Welfare Bureau
Swasthya Bhavan: A-wing, 3rd Floor
GN-29, Sector-V, Salt Lake City: Kolkata: 700 091

No. H/SFWB/6A-02-2012/Pt. II/3231(15) Dated: 14th August, 2014

From: Commissioner (Family Welfare) &
Mission Director (NHM),
Health and Family Welfare Department,
Government of West Bengal.

To: 1-14.The Chief Medical Officer of Health
Coochbehar/ Darjeeling/ Uttar Dinajpur/ Dakshin Dinajpur/ Murshidabad/ Nadia/ North 24 Pgs/ South24 Pgs/ Bardhaman/ Purulia/ Bankura/ Howrah/ Birbhum/ Paschim Medinipur &
15. The District Family Welfare Officer, Kolkata.

Sub: Job Description of RMNCH Counselor.

Sir,

RMNCH Counselor is being placed at the public sector health facilities under the National Health Mission to play a key role in increasing awareness and generating demand for the various RMNCH services provided at the facilities.

It is to be ensured that:-

  • Counseling is done in a private quiet place where conversation with the client is not overheard.
  • Sufficient time is allowed for communicating necessary information.
  • Client’s concerns and needs are discussed and addressed.

The duty hours, place and job description of RMNCH Counselor will be:

  • Duty Hours: From 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Place: From 9 AM to 2PM in the PP Unit From 2.30 PM To 4 PM in the labour ward/ PNC Ward.

The service of RMNCH Counselor should not be utilized in any other units of hospital or for any other purpose than that specified below.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To maintain a register (as per proforma) and record the details of the person counselled along with husband’s /wife’s name, address, phone no.
  • To provide Family Planning Messages to the Clients regarding all the applicable Family Planning methods including benefits and adverse effects.
  • To promote IUCD and PPIUCD (wherever applicable) amongst beneficiaries.
  • To facilitate information about MTP services in unwanted pregnancy, consent for the service and Family Planning options after the service.
  • In case of failure of Family Planning methods, necessary assistance to the clients to be ensured.
  • To provide information to the woman and her family about the essential maternal (e.g. Tetanus toxoid immunization, Ante-natal Care, etc), new-born and family planning care and services that are available and is to be availed before, during and after child birth.
  • To educate mothers and families on early initiation of breastfeeding, i.e. within 1 hour of giving birth, exclusive breast feeding, weaning, keeping the newborn warm and cord care.
  • To ensure birth dose OPV, BCG, HepB in the institution; inform the client about the immunization schedule and benefits of immunization.

Controlling Officer: MSVP in case of Medical College & Hospital and Superintendent in case of District Hospital.

The counselor must submit a report (proforma enclosed) regarding progress of work, monthly, to the MSVP/ Superintendent of the concerned hospital.

MSVP/ Superintendent is requested to provide the stationery required to the counselors.

Yours faithfully,

Commissioner (FW) & Mission Director (NHM)

No. H/SFWB/3231 dated 14.08.2014, Source

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