Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Many planters and their wives devote considerable time and energy to the welfare of the resident women and children, but the lack of women doctors, health visitors and trained midwives has made, it difficult to organise forms of welfare work particularly applicable to these sections of the plantation communities. The experiment of employing a trained health visitor has been made successfully in one of the Assam gardens, and we consider that great scope exists for a wide extension of work of this kind. The work of a health visitor, if it is to give the best results, should always be supervised by the garden medical officer and, where a group medical organisation exists, the woman doctor with two or three health visitors should be able to organise welfare centres on each garden of the group. Each centre should be open at least one day a week and regular visits by the woman doctor give the health visitor opportunities of bringing to her early notice cases requiring medical attention. The welfare centres should be situated near the house lines, and in many cases accommodation could probably be found in a vacant room in the lines themselves. The necessary furniture and equipment need be neither elaborate nor expensive and, with small additions to the latter, the same building could if necessary be used as a creche. Experience goes to prove that the women workers quickly learn to appreciate the advantages to themselves and their children of attendance at, such a centre. We believe that extension of this form of welfare work would prove of value to all concerned.