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Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan crosses 1 crore mark

The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) has crossed one crore mark in antenatal check-ups. It was launched in 2016 to ensure comprehensive and quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women across country. It has provided quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women on the 9th of every month.

Key Facts

The scheme is helping in making safe pregnancy to become social movement in country. It also is successful in reaching out to difficult and remote areas. Since its launch, more than 25 lakh check-ups were conducted in high priority districts identified by Health Ministry for focussed attention.

Maharashtra has reported largest number of check-ups among non-empowered action group states and Rajasthan has reported largest number of check-ups among the empowered action group states. More than 4,800 private sector doctors have pledged to provide voluntary service under PMSMA.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan

It is scheme implemented by Health Ministry to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals in both rural and urban areas. The national programme aims to provide pregnant ladies free ante-natal services (ANC) and required treatment for free on 9th of every month.

Objectives

  • Provide healthy life to the pregnant women.
  • Lowering the maternity mortality rate.
  • Making pregnant women aware of their health issues and diseases.
  • Making sure safe delivery and healthy life of the baby.

Beneficiary: The scheme is applicable only for pregnant women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months.

Facilities: The scheme provides all kinds of medical checkups completely free to pregnant women. These checkups take place at medical centres, government and private hospitals and private clinics across the country. These free of cost tests includes blood pressure, sugar level, weight, haemoglobin test, blood test and screening.

Colour Coding: Women will be marked differently using different colour stickers based on their health problems so that doctors can easily detect the problem.Different colour stickers will be Red Sticker for Serious patients, Blue Sticker for High blood pressure and Yellow Sticker for Other diseases.

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Health Ministry and Rotary India ink MoU for achieving immunization target

The Union Health Ministry and Rotary International India National PolioPlus have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for intensive efforts towards achieving the immunization target.

The MoU aims to provide collaborative support and accelerate efforts under Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush, Intensified Mission Indradhanush.

Key areas for collaboration

The collaboration seeks for social mobilization of beneficiaries, especially in urban slums and undeserved areas having no mobilizers. It will also support to members of National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) etc. in their efforts of community mobilization through incentives during the sessions

It also seeks to advocate and generate awareness through innovative approaches and involving private practitioners and local leaders for Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush, Intensified Mission Indradhanush and Measles-Rubella.

The collaboration will support the efforts of the states and the districts for advocacy and community mobilization for Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush, Intensified Mission Indradhanush and Measles-Rubella.

Rotary International India National PolioPlus Committee

The Committee was set up in 1988 by Rotary International for polio eradication efforts in the country. It is based in Delhi. It organizes large teams of committed Rotary volunteers who help in vaccine delivery to infants and children and ensure social mobilization around the cause. It works in close cooperation with the Indian government, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other bodies such as US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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