Chandigarh: The Haryana Health Department has initiated Ante-natal Checkups (ANC) on all working days to identify 'High Risk Pregnancies' at sub-centre and all other health facilities in the state.

Earlier, this facility was available only on Wednesdays. Stating this on Sunday, Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said that a medical officer would attend to the high risk pregnancy patients on priority basis.

Supervisors would see that such patients get proper follow up and would also ensure management of these high risk patients, he said.

As earlier the ante-natal checkups and immunisation used to be done on only on Wednesdays, he said, there was a lot of work load at all the health facilities on this day of the week as all pregnant women and children coming for ANC and immunisation, respectively, had to wait in long queues for their turn.

Now they can come on any working day as per their convenience, he added.

Stating such patients could now visit the health facilities for check up on any working day, the minister said, this would also facilitate them in getting regular ANC check up and diet counselling.

High risk pregnancies were categorised as pregnant women suffering from high blood pressure, low hemoglobin (Hb) which could be less than seven, low body weight, twins, loss of foetal movement or any previous bad obstetric history, Singh said.

"We are committed to bring down the Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Rate," he added.


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