Bevy of health and family welfare interventions aiming at reduction of maternal and infant mortality as well as the total fertility rate in Madhya Pradesh were launched by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said there isn’t any dearth of funds for making the state completely healthy, but awareness among people is important. He urged the society to support the government to ensure 100% institutional childbirth and to remove gender discrimination.
The interventions are being initiated by the state health and family welfare department under its 'Mamta' campaign.
A Mamta rath was symbolically flagged off jointly by the CM and health minister Narottam Mishra. The programme, organised at the Samanvay Bhavan, also marked the start of second phase of the Mamta campaign with focus on high-risk pregnancy women.
Chouhan said mere infrastructural or economic progress is not development.
"How could a state that face maternal and child mortality, malnutrition among children and where development does not reach the deprived section be considered developed," he asked, reiterating that the state would soon conduct another panchayat for women to resolve their issues.
Health minister Mishra said every day in the state, four lakh patients get free medicines, 75,000 get free diagnostic facilities while 5,000 get free transport to hospitals.
Principal secretary of health department Pravir Krishn gave the outline of the campaign. MLA Vishwas Sarang, health secretary Suraj Damor and health commissioner Pankaj Agrawal were present.