Syed Muthahar Saqaf,
“Valaikappu” ritual performed at Vallam Primary Health Centre
THANJAVUR: Health care is perceived to be complete when rendered with a sense of affection.
The ‘feel good’ factor got spurred further for 15 pregnant women belonging to Vallam and surrounding villages for whom the traditional ‘valaikappu’ ritual was performed very much on the premises of the Vallam Primary Health Centre on Saturday.
Their happiness knew no bounds as they received conventional gifts such as glass bangles, comb, turmeric, and kumkum provided by the Health department as a way of celebrating the Primary Health Centre Day. The celebrations were also marked by planting of saplings and upgradation of the PHC with scan facility and Foetal Doppler Instrument to observe the heart beat of the foetus.
K. T. Mahesh Krishnasamy, MLA, commissioned the facilities and honoured doctors and staff of the PHC for their good work with shields and certificates. He also felicitated winners of healthy baby and healthy mother contests.
Department officials and local leaders derived pride in lauding the personalised care provided by the doctors and staff at the PHC.
Deputy Director, Family Welfare, Swaminathan hailed the achievement of the PHC in tubectomy and non-scalpel vasectomy surgeries, saying that the Vallam PHC served as a model for 58 PHCs in the district.
Deputy Director of Public Health N. Chandramohan assured that the PHC would be upgraded further with latest facilities, and a 30-bedded hospital.
Explaining the achievements on various fronts in the last one year, Medical Officer of the PHC, S. Suganthi, said that the Vallam PHC was the first to introduce non-scalpel vasectomy and that through its Siddha wing medicines worth over Rs. 1 lakh were provided to 28,000 patients.
Prominent invitees including Block Medical Officer Indirani Murugan, who presided over the function; senior manager of Canara Bank, Vallam branch, S. Pakkirisamy; N. Vetrivelan from Periyar Maniammai University; J. Sam Charles from PRIST University, the executive officer of the Vallam Town Panchayat Margaret Susheela, eagerly awaited their turns to express their good wishes.