National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care

To achieve the goals of the program, Lady Health Workers (LHWs) from various communities are chosen. LHWs are educated and belong to their own communities, reducing the unfamiliarity differences. They are paid, trained, supervised by a predefined criteria. A trained LHW can provide all basic health care facilities to her own community. Supervisors are appointed to supervise the work of LHWs.
 
Uptill now, National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health care has around 48000 LHWs working in almost every part of Punjab and providing primary health care facilities to the community. They can provide promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the community. They also educate and provide Family Planning methods and MCH services. 

Selection Criteria

Lady Health Workers are recruited with following criteria:

  • Local Resident
  • Middle School Pass
  • Preferably Married
  • Minimum Age 18 years
  • Recommended by / acceptable to the Community

Provision of Primary Health Care Services

LHWs provide following primary health care services to the community:
 
  • Treatment of minor ailments (and referral to the First level care facility when required).
  • Registration of pregnant mothers for antenatal care.
  • Counseling of pregnant and lactating mothers in related issues.
  • Screening on neonate for referral requiring problems.
  • Weight monitoring of the children under three years of age.
  • Counseling regarding breast feeding and weaning.
  • Counseling of eligible couples regarding family planning.
  • Provision of medicines and contraceptives to patients and clients.

HMIS Tools

LHWs are also trained about the basic tools for HMIS. They use:
 
  • Map of Community
  • Family (Khandan) register
  • Community chart
  • Treatment and Family Planning register
  • Diary
  • Mother and Child Health Card
  • Referral slips
  • Monthly report of LHW

Drugs / Medicines

As a part of curative services, LHWs are responsible for the provision following medicines/items at the time of need:
  • Paracetamol Tabs 500mg
  • Chloroquine Tabs 150mg
  • Mabendazole Tabs 100mg
  • ORS
  • Cotrimoxazole Syp.
  • Ferrous Fumerate 150mg + Folic Acid 0.5mg
  • Cotton Bandages 4” x 3m
  • Benzyl Benzoate Lotion
  • Paracetamol Syp 120mg/ml
  • Chloroquine Syp 50mg/5ml
  • Piperazine Syp 500ml/5ml
  • Polymyxin “B” Sulphate Eye Ointment (4 Gram)
  • B.complex Syp Complex
  • Antiseptic Lotion

Non-Drug Items

Following is the list of Non-Drug items

  • Cotton Wool (250 Gram)
  • Sticking Plaster 1” x 5m
  • Pencil Torch with Two Cells
  • Thermometer Clinical
  • Scissors
  • LHW Kit Bags
  • Salter Scale with Trouser