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Updated: March 13, 2012 17:13 IST

Sharmila Tagore reaches out to pregnant women in Jharkhand

Ipsita Pati
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UNICEF Ambassador Sharmila Tagore arrives at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi on Monday. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
The Hindu UNICEF Ambassador Sharmila Tagore arrives at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi on Monday. Photo: Manob Chowdhury

Sharmila Tagore, UNICEF's National Goodwill Ambassador, reached out to pregnant women in Jharkhand on Monday to gain first-hand knowledge of maternal health in the State.

“In a State, where 70 per cent of women are anaemic, more than 80 per cent of childbirths take place at home,” she said here on Monday.

Ms. Tagore visited the Sadar hospital to review the medical services provided to pregnant mothers. She also apprised herself of the condition of adolescent girls there.

Talking to the media, Ms. Tagore said: “UNICEF has established a self-help call centre linked to the community-owned vehicles that provide round-the-clock service in all the 24 districts [of the State]. This programme is widely known as Mamta Wahan. The objective of this project is to ensure safe delivery practices and to increase institutional deliveries.”

Mostly the deaths are because of lack of general awareness and knowledge about timely referral services. Gender discrimination is also a factor. Spacing between children is only possible when the women are educated and empowered. Prevention of child marriage is another factor which will decrease the number of maternal deaths in Jharkhand.”

She also said that women in the State should have atleast the minimum education necessary to take proper medication and avail medical facilities provided by the government.

“The most important aspect is to create an enabling environment for the women to become more empowered to take care of their own health. The government should come up with more innovative medical intervention but it will not work if the women are not educated,” she said.

what difference her visit will make? we need honest efforts by all the
ladders of the government service! thats not happening ,these visits
will make no major difference!

from:  Pratik Phadkule
Posted on: Mar 31, 2012 at 17:55 IST

No pregnant woman would avoid a better meal. Only that meals are not available. She wants a hospital admission, but what about the cost? And education? how can she be educated when she is born to work from the age of five? What the authorities have to say? Or are these mothers 'destined' to suffer ?

from:  Siji
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 05:40 IST

Unfortunately, in India some aspects of our culture still persists impacting on the health of women. Even if there is sufficient nutritious food to go around if shared properly, the men of the house have to eat first with the leftovers going to the women. Are we in the 21st century?

from:  fareena
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 00:46 IST

The most important aspect of pregnant mother in India is the diet,and unfortunately this has received no attention.If proper diet is provided to all the females who are pregnant the anemic women will be finished.This will also help in reducing stillbirth.India has the largest number of stillbirth in the world.This deserves top priority on a war footing.

from:  A N Malviya
Posted on: Mar 14, 2012 at 11:12 IST
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