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S. Annamalai

‘Valaikappu’ at primary health centre

Exclusive check-up for ante-natal cases on Tuesdays

Free transport and food for three days of stay

MADURAI: Next time when a pregnant woman steps into a primary health centre (PHC) in Madurai district, she will feel “at home.” The administration has lined up a slew of measures to create the “at home effect” among pregnant women. The first of it happened at Karungalakudi PHC on Tuesday when ‘valaikappu’ was performed for 110 pregnant women.

Each woman was given 11 bangles to wear during the ceremony that was rounded off with a lunch with five varieties of rice. The objective was to infuse confidence in the minds of pregnant women, especially those coming from poor families in rural areas, to approach the nearest PHC for all their health needs, said Collector S. S. Jawahar. The “patient-friendly” measures would not only lead to better involvement of medical and para-medical personnel but also result in an increase in institutional delivery, he hoped.

Exclusive check-up would be provided for ante-natal mothers on Tuesdays, along with free food. Free transport and food for three days of stay would be available during delivery. Self-help groups were to be involved in food supply. The mother and child would not be discharged without a thorough check-up by the medical officer, Mr. Jawahar said.

Delivery by Caesarean section, which was performed for the first time in the district at T. Kallupatti PHC, would be extended to Chellampatti, Peraiyur, Valandur and M. Kallupatti PHCs soon.

“Screen children”

Mr. Jawahar said that doctors in government hospitals had been instructed to screen the children coming for immunisation for any allergy and fever. Vaccination should be postponed for children with fever. All emergency drugs should be kept by the side of the doctor during vaccination and the child should leave the hospital an hour after taking the vaccine.

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