Model Mother and Child Care Centre a life line for poor people of Pindi’s rural area

Published: August 4, 2018
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PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: The Model Mother and Child Care Centre located in Dhok Rata area of Rawalpindi has become a heaven for the poverty hit people seeking free healthcare from state-run clinics and hospitals.

Located on Babu Lal Hussain Road, the health facility has been providing quality healthcare to women and children in three union councils of the area.

Unlike scores of government-run health centres, the local people expressed satisfaction on the services being provided at the Model Mother and Child Care Centre.

A large number of women and children avail the benefits of the services being provided including check-up, ultrasound, laboratory test, shifting to the rural health centre Khaybane Sir Syed for delivery, provision of important medicines, family planning and protective injections and vaccination of children, all free of cost, according to a survey conducted by Daily Express.

Rural more enthusiastic than urban

The plaque at the dispensary shows that the place belonged to Lal Hussain, a famous personality of the area. In 1967, the then Rawalpindi Commissioner MH Shah had a municipal dispensary built on the place known as Lal Hussain Bagh.

The dispensary remained in place for a long time. Later the building of the dispensary was expanded in two phases after which it was first given the status of a municipal medical centre and later a Mother and Child Care Centre.

What makes the place different from other municipal dispensaries is the people working here. The gynaecologist, midwife, lady health worker were seen tending to their duties.

Owing to a dedicated staff, the state provided machinery was also in good working condition. The patients were getting their ultrasound and other check-ups without going to private facilities and spending hundreds of rupees.

Moreover, health experts provide guidance for birth-spacing, nutrition during pregnancy and during lactation, importance of breastfeeding and vaccination for mother and child.

The in-charge of the centre, Dr Saima Shah said that most rural women overlook their health needs, but here they get all the necessary facilities without spending a rupee for the whole nine months.

Apart from ultrasound and laboratory test facilities, expecting mothers are also provided with iron and calcium tablets and other necessary medicines and at the time of delivery, they are sent to the rural health centre in Khaybane Sir Syed with the check-up reports.

The facility continues to provide follow-up checks and care to mothers and newborns, including vaccination for which staff is present.

 

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 4, 2018 - 5:48PM

    nice to read such articles. please post pics too .Recommend

  • Zoone Hasan
    Aug 5, 2018 - 12:44PM

    Hi. It was a very informative article and very nicely written. I work with mothers experiencing postpartum depression. Can you please share the contact details for this place? We would like to work with them.

    Thanks!Recommend

  • Saleha
    Aug 5, 2018 - 1:56PM

    Dear Mr. Jamil,
    With reference to this article, could you please share the complete address of this Model Mother and Child Care Centre. I have desperately been trying to find a location or contact number in order to visit this place and provide help.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks.Recommend

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