The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare informed the parliament about the steps taken by the government to ensure quality care to pregnant women and neonates and provided the number of Mother and Child Health (MCH) wings that have been set up and are operational across the country. Some of the initiatives announced are:-
LaQshya (Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative) has been launched to improve quality of care in labour rooms and Maternity Operation Theatres in public health facilities.
It is evidence-based approach to improve quality of maternal and newborn care and provide respectful care, during intrapartum and immediate postpartum periods, which are the most vulnerable periods for a woman and newborn. Proper facilities must be needed for its success.
PMSMA (Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan) has been launched in June 2016. Under this, all pregnant women in the country are provided fixed day, free of cost assured and quality Antenatal care on the 9th of every month.
Midwifery Initiative, rolled out in December 2018, uses cadre of Nurse Practitioners in Midwifery to improve the quality of care and ensure respectful care to pregnant women and newborns.
Mr Vinod Arora, Principal Advisor, IGMPI
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