UCH holds awareness programme on mother-child health
* Doctors urge would-be mothers to ensure monthly check-ups
By M Imran Chaudhry
LAHORE: The United Christian Hospital (UCH) in Gulberg held ‘Well Baby Show’ on Saturday to encourage and motivate mothers to take good nutritional care of their children.
The hospital teams went from house to house to register children under the age of two years in order to monitor their growth and nutrition. At the show, mothers were educated regarding the health and nutrition of their children. Moreover, the children were assessed for their health, and those found best in their health were awarded prizes. All the children who attended the event were given gift hampers. The hospital also arranged a funfair for children on the occasion.
Talking to Daily Times, the head of Gynaecology Department at the UCH, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, said that the purpose of the event was to create awareness among mothers regarding the health of their children, both before and after their birth.
She said that babies should be healthy before birth and for that mothers should ensure their proper check-up.
She said that if mothers did not take care of themselves, there were chances that the baby would die even before reaching the age of one year.
She was of the view that an awareness programme for this purpose had been launched by the hospital, adding that the team of professionals visits different places of the city for free check-ups of mothers and their infant children.
She said that during check-ups, if a mother or her child was found weak, they were registered and asked to visit the hospital as early as possible in order to get proper medical treatment.
While advising mothers, she said that if mothers wanted healthy child then they should have regular check-ups, preferably on a monthly basis.
UCH Medical Director Dr Eammuel Bhatti said that the event had been organised for the first time at the UCH, and is scheduled to be held after every four months to provide awareness among mothers for the health of both mothers and their children.