Gynaecologists encouraged to adopt one PHC each

Gynaecologists and obstetricians have come up with a proposal to adopt one primary health centre each, with the aim of bringing down the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the State.

The pilot programme would be launched at 25 PHCs in Dharwad district on January 3.

Worrying numbers

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, M.G. Hiremath, president-elect of the Karnataka State Obstetrics and Gynaecological Association (KSOGA) and former director of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, pointed out that the MMR in the State was a matter of concern. Dharwad had one of the highest rates, he said.

“I have come up with this proposal to join hands with the government in bringing down MMR. Members will adopt one PHC each and visit the centre twice a month, every first and third Thursday, to provide maternal service, along with healthcare providers of the Health and Family Welfare Department,” Dr. Hiremath explained.

Pregnant women would be able to consult gynaecologists and in case of any complications, they would be advised to get admitted to hospitals with better facilities.

He said he had already adopted the PHC at Byahatti, near Hubli.

The plan was to eventually extend the programme across the State, with the cooperation of the 4,000 members of KSOGA. “If just 25 per cent of KSOGA members come forward to adopt one PHC each, we will be able to bring about a change.”


District Reproductive and Child Health Officer Subhash Babruwad said the Health Department would coordinate with KSOGA members in providing facilities to pregnant women.

President of the Hubli-Dharwad Obstetrics and Gynaecological Association Kasturi Donimath and secretary Naveen Prasanna were present.

  • The pilot programme will be launched in 25 PHCs in Dharwad district on January 3

  • Gynaecologists will visit health centres twice a month