Minister for Agriculture, Dr.Chumben Murry on Tuesday said that low antenatal attendance and low institutional deliveries were important areas of concern in maternal health care in Nagaland. He was speaking at a state workshop on homoeopathy for healthy mother and happy child at Circuit House, Kohima.
Sharing some findings of maternal health care in Nagaland, the former obstetrician Dr. Chumben said that prevalence of Anaemia among expectant Naga mothers was low relatively due to dietary habit of iron rich food. He apprised that prenatal complications were low in the state and that incidence of hypertensive complications including eclampsia (convulsive condition) was lower compared to other states of India. Dr. Chumben also said that there was worrisome higher incidence of pregnancies at extremes of ages from teenagers to the elderly.
The minister asserted that pregnancy was a physiological process that had to be nurtured. He stated that preserving the health of an expectant mother would result to the birth of a healthy baby. He pointed out that some important aspects that are as important as caring for gestational period included premarital period, post natal period, inter-gestational period, partner involvement. He also urged the need to understand the custom, tradition and environmental factors that may influence maternal and child health in ones area of operation.
Stating that the area of concern for the workshop would be on interventional medicine for variable reasons during pregnancy, Dr. Chumben expressed hope that their approach to the issue would end effectively.
Keynote address on introduction to homoeopathy was delivered by Dr. Subhas Singh, Reader, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata; Potential of Homoeopathy in Child Care delivered by Dr. K.M Dhalwale, director, Dr. ML Dhawale Memorial Trust Mumbai and Mainstreaming of Homoeopathy in Mother and Child, delivered by Dr. Eswara Das, director, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.
The programme was attended by senior medical officers and doctors from the department of Health and Family Welfare. Commissioner and secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Menukhol John chaired the programme.