On the 9th of every month, any expecting mum can get a free government-sponsored checkup!

On the 9th of every month, any expecting mum can get a free government-sponsored checkup!

The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritwa Yojana (PMSMY) offers a free medical checkup for early detection and care of high-risk pregnancies across the country

Yes, you read it right!

The Ministry of Health kicked off the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritwa Yojana (PMSMY) on June 9 this year. And, they are now all ready to organise it again this month on the same date.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritwa Yojana (PMSMY)

Under this scheme, the focus of the checkup will be on antenatal care every month. A senior official from the ministry was quoted in a daily as he explained the scheme.

"The PMSMY was launched after the PM’s speech at Saharanpur. This one focuses only on ante-natal care once every month. On June 9, 14 states already did it. The cost will not be an issue… It will help in early detection and care of high-risk pregnancies,” he explained.

Reportedly, the first phase of PMSMY was implemented in Bihar, Chattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir,Maharashtra, Jharkhand, , Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Who will this scheme help?

The PMSMY will provide ante-natal care packages to around 3 crore pregnant women on the ninth of every month. This will be done through a checkup by a specialist.

In fact, the government is also roping in private practitioners where enough doctors are not available in the government sector.

Why was it started?

This scheme took off when PM Narendra Modi in his Saharanpur speech said, “Can my doctor friends do one thing? On the 9th of every month, if any poor pregnant women comes to them, they should give her free treatment. Our poor mothers sometimes die during childbirth. If our doctors give 12 days in 12 months to the cause — the 9th of every month — no doctor will suffer a major loss. If people can give up gas subsidy, doctors can also give 12 days to poor mothers.”

This move also came soon after the World Bank data indicated that, India’s maternal mortality rate was 174 per 100,000 live births in 2015. So in order to bring down that number, the government clearly seems to working hard.

And in the process benefiting many expecting mums.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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