Chennai, Jun 10: Soon, pregnant women in Tamil Nadu will have to register themselves to make sure that childbirth happens without any complications. Also, those not abiding by the new rule will not be able to issue a birth certificate for their child.
As per the program that will be launched on July 1 pregnant woman can also register by dialing a non-emergency medical number, 102, or through any private hospital. This will ensure that women undergo safe pregnancy and childbirth.
J Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, said: ”It’s an ambitious project that attempts to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates by keeping a tab on every pregnant woman in the state”.
The registration will be helpful in tracking the expectant mother's health records by the health department. The Tamil Nadu government has been testing a special platform called Pregnancy Infant Cohort Monitoring and Evaluations (PICME), in three districts the state for the past one year.