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New software to check maternal mortality
Pregnancy Infant COHORT Monitoring Evaluation (PICME) software will be used in Primary Health Centres in Tamil Nadu to keep tabs on mothers throughout their ante-natal period and on newborns until the age of 1 year.

With the inability to closely follow-up on women during their pregnancy period impairing its ability to bring down maternal mortality rate, the State government has rolled up its sleeves to address the problem.

The solution, here too, seems to lie in technology. The Directorate of Public Health has commissioned the use of the Pregnancy Infant COHORT Monitoring Evaluation (PICME) software for all staff members, primarily in all primary health centres (PHC), and for outreach workers.

The software is calculated to keep tabs on the mother throughout her ante-natal period and the child until the age of one year, R.T. Porkaipandian, Director of Public Health, has told The Hindu.

By ensuring that the mother is followed up right through the term, and the child for a year, there is a better guarantee for the health of both, he explains. “If we are able to make sure that the mother gets all the required check-ups and health care during the pregnancy period, safer deliveries and healthier children are likely to be the result in the long run."

 

Source: The Hindu