The Under-fives Clinic
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In most rural areas mothers believe that a child is to be taken to a clinic only when sick; they do not appreciate the need for health supervision. Children with minor ailments will turn up at a clinic meant for supervision of health. They should not be sent away. Just as the important aspects of the work of a children’s clinic is the maintenance of normal health, so also it is necessary to catch diseases early before the child becomes critically ill. Moreover, treating minor illnesses and producing a cure helps to gain the mother’s confidence and she will begin to turn more towards Western medicine, rather than accepting illnesses as something caused by spells or being sent by offended spirits.
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