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Maharashtra to launch health care programme for mothers

Posted on Nov 09, 09:40PM | UNI

The Maharashtra Government will soon launch the "1000 day special care" programme for new born and mothers throughout the state.

This was announced at Palghar in Thane district last evening by state Health Minister Suresh Shetty after inagurating the newly constructed Palghar rural hospital.

Minister of State for Tribal Development Rajendra Gavit and Deputy Director of Health Dr. Sanjeev Kamble were present on the occasion.

Shetty said the state government would ensure proper education and health care programmes for children in the state.

He said that on account of the exhorbitant medical expenses in the private hospitals, the citizens were once again turning towards government hospitals as a result of which the number of indoor and outdoor patients have gone up by 40 percent in the recent past.

He asked the medical officers in the government services to be prepared to meet the growing demand in services in the government hospitals across the state. The effective implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana has helped the reduction of child deaths in the state, he said adding that of the total 20 lakh deliveries, a record 92 percent deliveries have taken place in the government hospitals.

The minister said that Maharasthra ranked third in the entire country after Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as regards the minimum child deaths. The state government with a view to curb malnutrition, child, and mothers deaths, will soon launch a programme in which the pregnant women will be taken care for nine months prior to the delivery and mother and child will get special care for 1000 days after the delivery, he said.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Jivdayi Yojana, which is presently operative in eight districts, will soon be extended to the entire state.