Sending messages through mobile either by SMS or by using messaging apps like facebook messenger, whatsapp etc are quite common. But do you know that these mobile services especially SMS can be used to create awareness and alerts which can be used to an extent of saving lives.
Keeping this usage of SMS in mind, Union Health Ministry of India has come up with a scheme called ‘Kilkari’ for woman and child care in August. The benefits provided under this scheme are:
- Messages will be sent on the mobile phones of concerned woman, her husband or a close relative listed by her.
- Pending shots and scheduled check up alerts for children will also be included under this scheme.
- Pregnant women will be reminded about their routine health appointments, blood tests, vaccinations and all the other pregnancy related information via texts.
- They would also get regular updates on what type of food to intake or avoid and also the exercise regime that should be followed by them at different stages of pregnancy.
- For young mothers the texts would consist of information revolving around their children such as age and weight ratio, vaccination schedule and what kind of food should be consumed by children at different ages.
- The scheme also plans to include adolescent girls and would forward information like how to combat diseases like anemia and the personal hygiene tips for these young girls.
C.K. Mishra, Additional Secretary in the Health Ministry, also provided some more details regarding the ‘Kilkari’ scheme and how far it has progressed. The information given is as follows:
- The text message will be sent in six different Indian local languages of which 4 will be North Indian and 2 of South India. As the program popularizes, more and more local languages will be added.
- The SMS sent will be in sync with the different stages of pregnancy and the age of the child. They will be more specific than just random general information regarding pregnancy.
- 78 specific messages have already been drafted and more are being created every day.
- Major players of health industry like doctors, nurses, midwives, state service providers and health officials are already informed about the scheme and its progress.
- At the moment some technical issues, that arose, are being sorted out.
India has progressed to great lengths in many different fields; however, pregnancy and child care are two areas where it has not achieved any major recognition. With this scheme, Indian health industry hopes to make some drastic changes in the lives of pregnant woman and young mothers. Easy access to such important information via SMS would certainly make some changes in the lives of Indian women.