Ministry/Department : Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Aims to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centers and hospitals
- The national programme aims to provide pregnant ladies free ante-natal services (ANC) and required treatment for free on 9th of every month.
- Objectives of the scheme are
- Provide healthy life to the pregnant women.
- Lowering the maternity mortality rate.
- Making pregnant women aware of their health issues and diseases.
- Making sure safe delivery and healthy life of the baby.
- The scheme is applicable only for the pregnant women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months.
- It will provide all kinds of medical check-ups completely free to pregnant women.
- These check-ups will take place at the medical centres, government and private hospitals and private clinics across the country.
- These free of cost tests will include blood pressure, sugar level, weight, haemoglobin test, blood test and screening.
- Women will be marked differently using different colour stickers based on their health problems so that doctors can easily detect the problem.
- Different colour stickers will be Red Sticker for Serious patients, Blue Sticker for High blood pressure and Yellow Sticker for Other diseases.
- In India, one pregnant woman dies every 12 minutes, with 45,000 dying each year. Of them, less than one in five (19.7%) undergo pre-natal health checks.
- India’s MMR of 167 (167 maternal deaths per 100,000 births) failed to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of bringing down maternal deaths to under 140 by 2015.
- India’s IMR stands at 40 deaths per 1,000 live births, against an MDG target of 29.
- Scheme was launched in 2016.