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Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign: Madhya Pradesh Awarded

Published on July 02, 2018
Madhya Pradesh impresses the government with stunningly positive numbers!
Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign: Madhya Pradesh Awarded
  • Madhya Pradesh was awarded by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for reducing maternal mortality under Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign (Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan-PMSMA).
  • The award came after the state registered an unprecedented 48-digit decline in maternal deaths from 2014 to 2016 as per report of Registrar General of India (RGI).

What were the statistics earlier and where does the state stands now?

  • The maternal mortality rate in Madhya Pradesh was 221 in 2011-13, which has now dropped down further to just 173.
  • This accounts to significant 22% decline in the last three years in the state.

How things turned on the positive track?

State Government’s various awareness programmes like:
  • Institutional Delivery
  • Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM)
  • Anganwadi Workers
  • Knock-out Campaigns have played pivotal role in reducing maternal mortality rate and this decline will be more noticeable in the coming years.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)

  • PMSMA or Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign was launched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals in both rural and urban areas.
  • It is a national programme that aims to provide pregnant ladies free ante-natal services (ANC) and required treatment for free on 9th of every month.
  • Private practitioners are expected to play a critical role in supplementing the efforts of the Government.

Objectives of PMSMA:

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

Who will be the beneficiaries?

  • The programme is applicable only for pregnant women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months (i.e. in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy).
  • It is expected to provide free ante-natal care to about 3 crore pregnant women across the country.

What facilities will the PMSMA provide?

  • The programme will provide assured, comprehensive and quality ante-natal care on 9th of every month (fixed day).
  • Under this programme, all kinds of medical checkups are provided completely free to pregnant women.
  • Besides free checkups including blood pressure, sugar level, weight, haemoglobin test, blood test and screening will be also provided.
  • These checkups can take place at medical centres, government and private hospitals and private clinics across the country.

An interesting concept called: "Colour Coding"

  • One of the critical components of this programme is mark women differently using different colour stickers based on their health problems so that doctors can easily detect the problem.
  • Red Sticker for women with high risk pregnancy, Green Sticker for women with no risk factor detected.
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