Village Health Nurses play a crucial role in preventing female infanticide in the State. They keep the record of antenatal mothers, pay weekly visits and provide post-natal care for at least the first six months, thus keeping mortality rate of mothers and newborns in check.
In both the cases of female infanticide at Usilampatti in March and Sholavandan in May in Madurai district, they were the ones who played a crucial role in bringing the crime to light.
Despite playing such an important role, they complain of poor salaries and allowances, heavy workload, unsafe working conditions, poor training and systemic ...
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