Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister, Brajesh Pathak, has emphasized the state government’s dedication to lowering the mortality rates among pregnant women and infants. The initiative to provide complimentary ultrasound tests for pregnant women, conveniently accessible near their residences through private diagnostic centers, is rapidly gaining traction.
Pathak, who holds the Health portfolio, stated that this endeavor was launched on May 24 with an initial 100 private diagnostic centers, offering ultrasound services to pregnant women enrolled in the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA). This number has since expanded to 1,200 centers.
Women enrolled under PMSMA entitled to cashless ultrasound services
He explained, “Pregnant women enrolled under PMSMA are entitled to cashless ultrasound services at private ultrasound centers. E-rupee vouchers in the form of QR codes are allocated to registered women by government hospitals/CHCs and/PHCs. These QR codes can be presented at private ultrasound centers endorsed by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, facilitating seamless payment for the ultrasound services.”
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In addition, Pathak shared that the state government recently introduced ‘Indradhanus 5.0’, a mission focused on vaccinating pregnant women and children. He affirmed, “We are taking steps to ensure comprehensive vaccination coverage for children who missed their vaccinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the state.”
Furthermore, medical practitioners have received directives to ensure that both the mother and infant are kept in the hospital for 48 hours even in cases of normal deliveries.