Maharashtra will soon see more of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) being set up its public hospitals. The state’s Family Welfare Department has recently written letter to all post-natal care (PNC) units in the state to soon come up with such a facility at their centre.
At Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU), which is present in each district of Maharashtra, the concept of KMC is already being implemented, wherein a mother holds the child with skin to skin contact till her weight becomes stable for about a month.
Kangaroo mothers keep babies in regular skin contact and this itself is an easy, low-cost intervention that helps in increasing the child’s weight and acts as a medicine for different diseases. The physical contact between mother and child contributes towards the healthy development of the child.
Aashish Bharati, Assistant Director, State Family Welfare Bureau, Pune, said, “Every major government hospital has PNC attached to it. We have asked PNC’s to start implementing the concept of KMC and submit a report to us. We have also asked ASHA’s to see if women are doing KMC after they are discharged.”
“As this was being implemented at SNCU level only we were able to target only special children admitted. Now, as we will implement it at PNC level also, it will cater to all the children born in government hospital,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Ramesh Bhosale, gynaecologist at Sassoon hospital, said, “This is a welcome initiative. KMC is a proven concept and it helps in ensuring healthy growth of child.”