Source: News Bharati English06 Nov 2016 11:31:02

New Delhi, 6 November: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J. P. Nadda at the launch of Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) said “Carrying forward the vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan is aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates through safe pregnancies and safe deliveries."
"The national programme will provide special free antenatal care to about 3 crore pregnant women across the country in order to detect and prevent high risk pregnancies,” he added

Nadda stated that the nationwide programme will provide fixed day assured, antenatal care to pregnant women on the 9th of every month. Pregnant women can now avail of a special antenatal check-up in their second or third trimesters at Government health facilities provided by gynecology specialists/ physicians with support from private sector doctors to supplement the efforts of the Government sector, Nadda confirmed.Embeded ObjectOne of the aims is to identify and follow-up on high risk pregnancies in order to reduce MMR and IMR. Nadda said that this initiative needs to be made a national social movement which shall engage the doctors from the private sector and other stakeholders. Nadda administered the #IPledgeFor9 Pledge for urging all to support this programme.

The Health Minister urged to the private sector doctors to provide voluntary services to supplement the efforts of the Government. “I call upon all stakeholders to be a part of this national movement and work towards reduction in maternal and infant mortality”, he stated.Embeded ObjectThe Health Minister pointed out that India is poised to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in maternal and child healthcare. He added that its national health indicators like Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Maternal Maternity Rate (MMR), Total Fertility Rate (TFR) and under five mortality are declining faster a than the world pace. “With Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan the Ministry aims take this forward and improve upon the quality and coverage of health facilities,” Nadda elaborated.

 Apart from diagnostic and treatment services, counseling pregnant women is critical, especially in cases of high-risk pregnancies, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste stated. He further added that support from state governments, apex bodies like the IMA and the FOGSI, Lions and Rotary clubs as well as development partners, have been important in getting the campaign off the ground.Embeded ObjectHighlighting the importance of this initiative, C K Mishra, Secretary said that while much progress has been made in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, the PMSMA programme is based on the premise that if each and every pregnant woman in India is examined by a physician and appropriately investigated at least once during the pregnancy and then appropriately followed up, the Abhiyan can avoid many preventable deaths.

Nadda also launched the PSMA Web Portal & a Mobile Application along with the 360 degree communication package to raise awareness about the campaign.