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To assess the time spent by MPHW in each activity through a time-motion study.
To assess the MPHW's and medical officers' (MOs) perceptions about priority given to MPHW's tasks.
[2-5] Totally, three MPHW were selected purposively from the primary health center (PHC), Kanbha, Daskroi taluka, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and were followed up for 6 continuous days.
* Cabin: In this category, the MPHW were just sitting idle in the cabin, reading newspaper making nonwork-related calls and talking other than the work.
* OPD services: In the subcenter, MPHW run the OPD they provide basic medicines to the community.
The mean age of the MPHW was 26.33 [+ or -] 5.13 years [Table 1].
The MPHW and MO [Table 2] were asked to rank the categories of the tasks performed by the MPHW [Table 2] on a scale of one to six, where one indicated first priority and six indicated the least.
MOs gave second priority to the reports, whereas one MPHW gave third priority to reports and rest of the two MPHWs gave it fifth priority.
MPHW (Female) was the service provider for antenatal care in only 3.1% of cases while 86.4% of the women preferred a doctor for antenatal check-ups.
Low utilization of ante-natal services at Sub centre by just 17.1% (110) mothers&_only 8.18% pregnant mothers going there for three or greater than 3 antenatal visits at with 57.27% registering in 1st trimester and 3.12% receiving antenatal care from MPHW (f) at the S/C is in no way encouraging sign about the utilization of the sub centre health facility in any village.
MPHWs should use their skills for service delivery and outreach should be provided by a community-level worker.