Child care centre for staff at 3 hospitals soon

Soon, women doctors and nurses of three city hospitals will get a child care centre on the campus of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (IOG), Egmore.

It will enable working mothers to take care of their children at their workplace.

A.T. Arasar Seeralar, director and superintendent, Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Hospital for Children and State IMNCI Nodal Officer-Child Health, said the child care centre would be for doctors, nurses and office staff of IOG, ICH and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore. The facility would be ready by the end of August.

“We are setting up the integrated child care centre at IOG as all three hospitals are in the same locality. This will be at three levels — for children less than one year, one year to five years and five years to 12 years, as the needs for each age group will be different,” he said.

He added that this would function on the same lines of a crèche.

“There will be caretakers at the facility. Mothers can come and feed their babies at the centre. They can visit them and take them home on their return from work,” he said. The facility would have a play area for the children.

He added that the reason for accommodating older children was to ensure that they had a safe place to stay, especially during holidays, when their mothers were at work.

“It is the government’s policy to provide such a facility at the workplace. The work environment should have a facility for mothers to take care of children, especially for breastfeeding their babies,” Dr. Seeralar added.

The centre is meant for doctors, nurses and office staff

Arasar Seeralar

Director, ICH

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