The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has adopted immunisation app ‘I Sehat’ — a brainchild of Ludhiana deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat — for the entire country.
The district administration received the communiqué from the Centre on Thursday evening that it had decided to use SMS-based service all over India. The letter from mission director Hussan Lal says the service had been well received in Ludhiana and Amritsar and forwarded to the Centre by the Punjab health department. The app alerts parents about the child’s due date for immunisation, so that no child is left uncovered. “Six very important injections must be administered to every child in first year of birth. If the dose is missed, it affects the child’s health in a big way,” says Bhagat.
In some cases, even the auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) forgets to intimate the parents on time, so this moblie-based facility would prevent this issue.
How ‘I Sehat’ works
From the time a pregnant woman registers at a government hospital, her telephone number is recorded and she starts getting alerts on SMS (short messaging service), later.
These messages in Punjabi and English, carrying details of the immunisation date and the nearest government dispensary or hospital, are sent every Tuesday and Thursday, but not to mobile phones that have “Do Not Disturb” service activated. For getting the details, the parents need to deactivate this option.