Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday took a pledge to provide better health facilities to each mother and child in the state and said his government would ensure every step to make this happen.
After completing his speech at the launch of ‘Hausla’ campaign, an initiative to spread awareness about the health of pregnant women, mothers and infant, Yadav read out the pledge and went on to say, “I want support from each one of you.”
The Hausla campaign will ensure that the mother and child get all medical care for the first 1000 days – 280 days of pregnancy and up to two years after birth.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing the technical support to the campaign.
The state has various schemes for mother and children, including the 108 ambulance service, Janani Suraksha Yogna and Bal Swasthya Gurantee Scheme.
“The union ministry statistics say 92 out of 1000 children lose their lives due to various ailments. Of these 50 children don’t even complete one month of age. This is due to lack of diagnosis and vaccination during pregnancy, malnutrition, anaemia and early pregnancy,” the chief minister said.
“Uttar Pradesh being the most populous state effects the national statistics. Hence if health indicators change in UP, it have its impact at national level too. Since UP’s maternal and infant mortality rate is higher than national figures, the campaign is being undertaken to help improve the national figure too,” said the chief minister.
“Had things not been so bad in the past five years, UP would have been much ahead in the area of health services. Now, the health minister is working with total honesty to bring it back on track,” the CM said while stating the previous government totally ignored the healthcare sector.
Earlier, chief secretary Javed Usmani explained the role of Hausla campaign and said it was an umbrella that comprised different health services.
It was aimed at increasing the institutional delivery also.
Health and family welfare minister Ahmad Hasan praised the chief minister for taking initiatives in the healthcare sector “to ensure even the poor got treatment”.
The programme was also attended by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation India chief Girendra Bihari, James Gitau, deputy representative (Operations) Unicef, and other senior officials of the health department.
AK Ghosh, mission director of the national rural health mission, gave the vote of thanks. James Gitau said the campaign reflected the state government’s determination to address the high levels of child and maternal mortality.
During the programme Hausla anthem was also launched. The anthem has been sung by Shaan, while the music has been composed by Vishal Shekhar and the lyrics are by Neelesh Mishra.