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Updated on 3 November 2023
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India launched the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Yojna in June 2016. Our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi talked about the aim and the highlights of Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Yojna in the July 2016 episode of Mann Ki Baat.
In his speech, he stressed why it is necessary to take proper care of the health of pregnant women in our country if we want to curb the high maternal-infant mortality rate. He also explained that Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Yojna (PMSMA) would help in bringing down both as it focuses on providing assured and free-of-cost comprehensive and quality antenatal care to all pregnant women. These checkup programs will be universally conducted on the 9th of every month.
PMSMA is a government-run program that guarantees a minimum package of quality antenatal care services to pregnant women in their 2nd / 3rd trimesters of pregnancy on the 9th of every month at designated government health facilities.
The fact that PMSMA has adopted a systematic approach to motivating private medical practitioners to participate and volunteer for the campaign sets this program apart from the previous government health-related schemes. It also works on designing new and effective strategies to spread awareness about the program and make it appealing to the private sector.
As discussed above, the main goal of PMSMA is to focus on the health of pregnant women in India which in exchange will decrease the MMR and NNMR. The other objectives that come under the PMSMA umbrella are:
According to UNICEF, infant mortality and post-birth complications are the results of malnutrition. However, we can reduce them with the help of timely check-ups and providing nutritional diets to the would-be mothers. The PMSMA is a great scheme and it has saved the lives of many pregnant women and newborns. But if the government wishes to go a long way and achieve all its objectives then the government must sponsor a free nutritional diet access and supply plan for pregnant women.
About Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan. NHP India
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