Health: One million and 567 thousand women were surveyed as part of the Maternal and Fetal Health Initiative

Mona Zeidan

Posted on: Sunday 24 July 2022 – 14:39 | Last update: Sunday 24 July 2022 – 14:51

The Ministry of Health and Population announced the survey of 1,567,000 women as part of the presidential initiative “Take care of maternal and fetal health”; For the early detection of diseases transmitted from the mother to the fetus and the provision of free treatment and health care under the slogan (100 million health), since the initiative’s launch in March 2020 until today.

dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry’s official spokesperson, said in a statement released on Sunday that the initiative aims at early detection of infection with the “B” virus, human immunodeficiency virus and syphilis for pregnant women, in addition to these diseases. to reduce maternal mortality.

He added that the initiative involves monitoring the condition of the mother and the newborn for 42 days after the termination of pregnancy to discover risk factors for the mother or newborn and to take appropriate measures, in addition to providing the necessary micronutrients during the pregnancy. postpartum period. Of international quality, it also includes advice for the prevention of disease, and requires approval and the willingness of women to serve.”

He stressed that the initiative is sustainable within the services of health units and mother and child centers, in the context of activating and improving the quality of routine services provided by mother and child care, including conducting a clinical trial to the general condition of the pregnant woman and fetus and to discover risk factors that may be associated with pregnancy.

He pointed out that it also includes vaccination against tetanus, measuring height, weight, blood pressure and performing various analyzes needed to detect anemia, or to assess the mother’s need for an anti-D injection after the pregnancy. birth, in addition to a complete urinalysis to detect albumin, diseases of the urinary system and the necessary micronutrients are discharged during pregnancy.

For his part, Dr. Fawzi Fathi, executive director of the initiative, that the initiative’s services are delivered in all health units and medical centers, and that cases requiring advanced medical examinations are referred to 90 referral centers for B and HIV, in addition to 163 centers for the Referring patients with Republic-level syphilis, and cases with high blood sugar or discovered with other risk factors are referred for full evaluation and treatment at 303 hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health.

He added that the initiative includes more than 4,000 medical teams trained in the use of devices for early detection of HIV infection, HIV and syphilis in pregnant women, blood sugar analyzes and physical measurements, in addition to training how to cope. with with beneficiaries. , fill in the follow-up card and enter the data.

He pointed to the breakdown of medical teams, devices and supplies to be available according to the number of pregnant women in each unit, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the official working days.

He pointed to setting up an integrated database for the survey and linking it to the health institutions participating in the initiative; To facilitate the follow-up of the beneficiary and transfer her to the nearest center to receive the necessary treatment according to her condition.

Fathy stated that it is possible to inquire about the evaluation date for beneficiaries to conduct advanced studies through the website of the (100 million Seha) initiative or through the (Health Egypt) application, in addition to receiving inquiries through the hotline (15335).

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