At a function held recently at Kallakurichi near here Rural Industries Minister P. Mohan handed over the free laptops to the Village Health Nurses (VHNs).

Now, it is the turn of the Village Health Nurses (VHNs) attached to the sub-Primary Health Centres in Villupuram district to get on the technological bandwagon with free laptops. Besides taking care of pregnant women and child births they would have to hereafter collect and feed data on these aspects to their higher-ups in the headquarters. To facilitate this they have been provided with laptops.

At a function held recently at Kallakurichi near here Rural Industries Minister P. Mohan handed over the free laptops to the VHNs. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, driven by the motive to make available the best healthcare, had launched many schemes and the distribution of free laptops to the VHNs was one such scheme. The VHNs were serving as the vital link to the rural people, particularly women and children, in the health care delivery system. It was enjoined upon them to impress upon the rural people about the safety of institutional delivery. Mr. Mohan said that for framing the health policy it was essential to gather the statistics on number of pregnancies occurring within a given period in a particular village, how many child births take place in the PHCs, the infant mortality rate and the maternal mortality rate and so on.

The laptops would help the Health Department to take immediate corrective measures, wherever necessary.

The Minister further said that in Villupuram district so far 36,875 women were benefited to the tune of Rs. 40.75 crore.Mr. Mohan called upon the VHNs to intensify the health awareness drive among the people within their jurisdiction. Collector V. Sampath and others were present.

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