Focus on spreading awareness marks National Safe Motherhood Day in Imphal
Director Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam said that awareness programmes for the male sections of society concerning pregnancy and lactating mothers is necessary for a safe and healthy motherhood.
National Safe Motherhood Day was observed at the College of Nursing, Medical Directorate, Imphal in a programme organised by the State Health Society NHM and Directorate of Health Services on Sunday.
Speaking at the occasion as chief guest, director Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam said that awareness programmes for the male sections of society concerning pregnancy and lactating mothers is necessary for a safe and healthy motherhood.
Organising an awareness programme for the male counterpart in the lobby room during routine medical check-up of pregnant women will be very helpful, he suggested.
Mentioning that the government had introduced many welfare schemes for the pregnant women and lactating mothers such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), he apprised the eligible women to take the benefits.
PMMVY is a centrally Sponsored DBT scheme with cash incentive directly in the account of the pregnant women or lactating mothers for the first living child of the family, he explained.
The director appealed to the beneficiaries not to give any payments to any party to get the benefits of the scheme. The amount will come directly to the account of the beneficiaries if all the criteria are fulfilled and it is also eligible for the deliveries done in private hospitals, he added.
The government may reject any scheme’s application if one's documents do not match the information written on an aadhaar card, he said, adding the public should always keep a record of important cards and documents that match with the aadhaar cards.
He said for successful delivery of certain government schemes, there is a need for cooperation between the Social Welfare department and the Health department. Moreover, the two departments have many common goals such as eradicating malnutrition, the director added.
During the programme ‘Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) I Pledge for 9'Achievers Awards’ were handed over to authorities of different hospitals and dispensaries.
The function was attended by director of State Health Society NHM Dr N Shyamjai Singh; president of IMA Manipur State Branch Dr Jugindro S and College of Nursing, Medical Directorate principal N Nalinibala.