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SMS service for parents on immunisation schedule of newborns

Parents of newborns will now be kept informed about the immunisation schedules of their infants, as the Ludhiana administration has launched a short message service (SMS) facility to keep them updated.

punjab Updated: Feb 23, 2016 22:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Parents of newborns will now be kept informed about the immunisation schedules of their infants, as the Ludhiana administration has launched a short message service (SMS) facility to keep them updated.

Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat on Tuesday formally launched the ‘M-Sehat’ scheme, in which mobile phones would be used under Mother Child Tracking System (MCTS) for immunisation of infants.

An SMS would be sent to the parents of children reminding them about immunisation of the child at the nearby health centre or hospital.

The messages will be sent in English as well as Punjabi keeping in view the rural and urban population of the district.

Bhagat said, “M-Sehat is a mobile SMS facility through which parents of the child and area Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM) will be intimated about the child’s immunisation from time to time for a period of one year.”

He said, “The facility aims at ensuring that no child is left without proper immunisation. Six very important injections are to be administered to a newly born child in the first year of birth and if they are left, it affects the child’s health.”

Bhagat said, “It has been noticed that some parents forget about the vaccination dates of their children due to which the child’s health suffers. In some cases, even the ANMs forget to intimate parents on time. But, this facility will resolve such issues.”

He said, “These SMSes will include details such as parents’ name, child’s name, immunisation date and address of nearby government dispensary or hospital. These messages will be sent every Tuesday and Thursday. But, the messages will not be delivered on mobile phones with ‘Do Not Disturb’ option activated.”

Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal said, The SMS facility will allow the parents to know about their nearest health centre. Those people who have registered their children with the health department will be informed through SMS.”

District immunisation officer Dr Balwinder Singh said, “The health department will also launch a mobile app that will have similar features. It will communicate the dates of immunisation and other relevant information to the parents, who have downloaded the app.”