Central govt. has launched Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) Scheme for pregnant women. This scheme will prevent maternal and newborn deaths in India. Under Suman scheme, pregnant women and mothers upto 6 months after delivery as well as all sick newborns would be able to avail free healthcare benefits. Under Suman scheme, all the beneficiaries who makes a visit to public health facilities will get several free services.
These services under SUMAN scheme will include at-least 4 ante natal check-ups which includes 1 checkup during 1st trimester, at-least 1 checkup under PM Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, Iron Folic Acid supplementation, Tetanus diptheria injection and other components of comprehensive ANC package and six home-based newborn care visits.
Suman Scheme is going to help in bringing down maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.
PM Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) Scheme
Under Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) Scheme, there would be 0 expense access to identification and management of complications during and after pregnancy. The central govt. is also going to provide free transport from home to health institutions. Moreover, there will be assured referral services with scope of reaching health facility within 1 hour of critical case emergency and drop back from institution to home after due discharge (minimum 48 hrs).
Under SUMAN scheme, the pregnant women will have zero expense delivery and C-section facility in case of complications at public health facilities. The central govt. said that it will ensure respectful care with privacy and dignity. There will be early initiation and support for breastfeeding, zero dose vaccination and free and zero expense services for sick newborns and neonates.
As per the govt. reports, India’s maternal mortality rate has declined from 254 per 1,00,000 live births in 2004-06 to 130 in 2014-16. Between 2001 and 2016, the infant mortality rate came down from 66 per 1,000 live births to 34.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of care for mothers and newborns as the extent to which health care services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes. To achieve this outcome, health care must be safe, effective, timely, efficiently integrated, equitable and people-centered.