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`Optimise use of information technology for health care of women, children'

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CHENNAI, SEPT. 12. Promotive prevention and curative health care activities for maternal and child health are eminently suited for inclusion in primary health care, said S. Thanickachalam, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital.

Such a move was imperative considering women of reproductive age and children account for 60 per cent of the population, he told the valedictory of the Seventh World Congress and XV Indian Conference on Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) here today. The three-day meet was organised by the National Association for Reproductive and Child Health of India (NARCHI). The hazards related to pregnancy and childbirth and the frequent occurrence of nutritional and infection disorders made women and children more vulnerable to death and disease, he said. Dr. Thanickachalam, who also delivered the convocation address of the Indian College of Maternal and Child Health, Kolkata, underscored the need for optimisation of information technology to ensure the health of women and children. He conferred diplomas in gynaecology and obstetrics and child health on successful candidates.

Padma L. Ravindran, organising secretary of the meet, said the conference provided a forum for doctors to share their experience.

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