Now docs to offer free advice to expecting mothers

New Delhi: The government is roping in medical experts to offer free advice to expectant mothers who will be tracked for their immunization status under the Mother
and Child Tracking scheme launched here recently.

The Health Ministry will appoint a panel of doctors in its Central Monitoring Cell under the scheme, which seeks to track down every single pregnant woman and newborn for progress on vaccination.

It will help the government examine veracity of claims made by state governments about achievement under the National Immunisation Programme.

So far, the Ministry`s help desk, which is part of the central monitoring mechanism under the scheme, has received state-wide data pertaining to 80 lakh mothers and 30 lakh
newborns, who have already been registered across the country.

Though this comprises just 27 per cent of total estimated293.28 lakh pregnant women annually and only 12 per cent of the estimated 253.21 lakh newborns a year in the country, the government has decided to monitor whatever database is available.

Doctors will be attached with the central cell for freeadvice to pregnant women, especially in case of high-risk pregnancies and low-birth weight infants, and will monitor
medical progress of the beneficiaries over phone.

Special Secretary, Health, P K Pradhan said that corrective measures are required to be taken on such mothers who have high-risk pregnancies and whose haemoglobin is very low, besides those children who have low birth weight (below 2.5 kg) and are susceptible to disease, for which the database will be of immense help.


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