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Health care delivered by Saku Central Hospital to infants in rural areas.

Kanbe Y; Kato E; Takeshige M
Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah. International Association of Agricultural Medicine, 1978 Sep; :40-42
A program for health care delivery to infants in rural areas of Saku District, Japan was described. In the rural areas, due to a lack of specialists, the planned programs to ensure good infant health care often were not instituted. In Saku District, with a population of 105,000, there were eight members of the Japanese Association of Pediatrics, six of whom were attached to the local hospital. Without the association of this hospital in this particular area, the health care of infants would lag far behind. During visits to local communities surrounding the hospital, preventive inoculations were carried out along with health consultations for infants and consultations on the mental hygiene of infants. Approximately 20 years ago this push for improved health care for infants began and much of the time was spent in consultations with only a limited amount of time given to preventive inoculation. Increased use of mass screening techniques has been employed to find problems and correct them. Problems which have caused the program to slow down in rural areas were usually two fold. First, the system for providing health care to infants in a rural setting was complicated. Second, it was difficult to develop an understanding on the part of local staff as to the importance of and methods for providing good infant health care.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Demographic-characteristics; Sociology; Children; Neonates; Sociological-factors; Medical-treatment
Prev Med & Environmental Hlth University of Iowa Inst/agric Med & Environ Hlth Iowa Oakdale, Iowa 52319
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Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah
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University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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