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Health Plan to provide antenatal care to pregnant women

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New Delhi: The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan has been launched by the Ministry of Health and  Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India to provide fixed-day assured, comprehensive and quality antenatal care universally to all pregnant women on the ninth of every month.

As part of the campaign, a package of antenatal care services would be provided to pregnant women in their 2nd / 3rd trimesters, by OBGY specialists/ Radiologist/ Physicians at government health facilities, with support from private sector doctors to supplement the efforts of the government.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Union  Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste said these services will be provided in addition to the routine ANC at the health facility/ outreach at identified public health facilities in both urban and rural areas

One of the critical components of the Abhiyan is identification and follow-up of high risk pregnancies and red stickers would be added on to the mother and child Protection cards of women with high risk pregnancies.

OBGY specialists / Radiologist/ Physicians working in the private sector are encouraged to volunteer for the campaign and various mechanisms have been developed to facilitate participation of private doctors.

Under the National Programme for and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), population based screening for cancers of breast and uterine cervix  has been recently introduced.

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