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`Vande mataram' health scheme launched

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TIRUPATI, FEB. 9. `Vande Mataram Arogya Yojana', the scheme meant to control mortality and morbidity rate of infants and pregnant women, was launched at the Government maternity hospital here on Monday.

The scheme is targeted at infants, pregnant and neo-natal women, who would be provided free medical check-up at Government hospitals and private clinics on the 9th day of every month. The scheme would benefit the malnourished, illiterate and impoverished women of the countryside the most, explained N. Venkataswamy, Tirupati MP, after inaugurating the scheme at a function organised by the District Medical and Health Department.

He appreciated the Indian Medical Association and the Federation of Gynaecologists Society of India for coming forward voluntarily to offer their services. Appreciating the gesture of the 52 private practitioners for expressing willingness to provide treatment to pregnant women in their clinics every month, the District Medical &Health Officer(DM&HO), D. Ramakrishna Reddy, welcomed more such specialists to be part of the scheme. He noted that the scheme would, apart from ensuring a safe delivery of the child, help in spreading awareness on child care and family planning.

ANANTAPUR: The Joint Collector, Shashibhushan Kumar, inaugurated the `Vandemataram' programme in the district. Private hospitals would be involved to take up ante and post-natal check-up for women as part of the scheme.

Inaugurating the programme at Vijaya Nursing Home, which is the first private hospital to come forward to take up the scheme, in Housing Board colony here, he called upon private hospitals, voluntary bodies, women doctors and gynaecologists to come forward to conduct free ante and post-natal check-up and give medicines free of cost to poor women.

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