Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar on Wednesday, urged all the stakeholders to come together for ensuring ‘Surakshit Matritva’ for each mother in India.
While inaugurating the National Maternal Health Workshop, here in the national capital, she said “The country has achieved a momentous milestone in reduction of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), but it remains our duty to remove all bottlenecks especially at field level to ensure safe motherhood and ensure zero preventable maternal mortality.”
Aligning with the ‘Sustainable Development Goal Agenda 2030’ for maternal mortality reduction, the theme of the workshop was “Striving for zero preventable maternal mortality”.
The Union MoS said that India was losing more than 44,000 mothers earlier, but now it is on a positive trajectory for maternal health and child health outcomes.
“India is on a positive trajectory for maternal health and child health outcomes and the Government of India is committed to withstanding new challenges and envisages assuring safe motherhood for all its future mothers along with steps towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare. Earlier, India was losing more than 44,000 mothers. With the implementation of “Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, as part of which doctors pledge one day of service per month to this campaign, more than 3.6 crore pregnant women have received comprehensive ANC under this programme across all States and UTs,” she said.
The MoS informed that the MMR in per lakh births in the country has declined from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 in 2018-20.
“The MMR decline has been stupendous from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 per lakh live births in 2018-20. The number of states which have achieved Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, has also now risen from six to eight. The rapid decline in MMR shows the government’s dedication under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister towards investments in health initiatives and in turn, ensuring health for all,” she said.
Dr Pawar congratulated everyone for the achievements of country in terms of maternal and child health metrics. Sharing her field level experiences, she emphasized on the need to remove all bottlenecks and ensure efficient implementation of expert guidelines and best practices.
She also urged that “It is not just the responsibility of government, community health workers, NGOs, civil society but every citizen of the country must consider it as their duty to ensure Surakshit Matritva, and work towards zero preventable maternal deaths in India.”
She stressed on robust state monitoring and auditing at various levels of governance, capacity building of medical staff and accurate information disbursal. She also urged that best practices must be discussed and shared regularly.
Giving the example of rapid adaptation of technology during COVID pandemic, for e.g. teleconsultations through esanjeevani, Dr. Pawar said that similar innovative interventions can be implemented in our quest to achieve holistic healthcare for all.
During the event, Dr. Pawar unveiled the Midwifery-led care units (MLCUs) brochure and Standard Operating Protocol posters for labour rooms to enable quality of care around birth in public health facilities. She also introduced the Maternal health guidance booklet for community health officers (CHOs) and SUMAN community linkages brochure, the release stated.
Several Audio-Visual films like “An Odyssey of Maternal Health in India”, AV film on “Midwifery Initiative: promotional video”, Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyaan were showcased at the event.
Senior officers from the Union Health Ministry including Dr P. Ashok Babu, Joint Secretary (RCH), Dr S K Sikdar, Advisor (FP and MH), Dr Padmini Kashyap, Deputy Commissioner, MH and representatives from various development partners were also present at the event.
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