The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, May 26
With an aim to reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the state, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Balbir Singh on Thursday issued strict instructions against home deliveries, as such deliveries often lead to maternal or child death due to lack of proper medical facilities.
In order to accomplish the sustainable development goal of 70 per lakh live births by 2030, Dr Balbir Singh said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government is committed to make Punjab number one state in terms of providing the best possible health care facilities.
He ordered for early detection of High risk pregnancies, besides, ensuring their follow up medical examinations as stipulated by the guidelines. He said that every pregnant woman should be treated with respect in government hospitals.
Elaborating about Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) program, Dr Balbir Singh said this programme envisages guaranteed maternal health services to the pregnant women which include ambulance services to pick up and drop for delivery, minimum four ante natal check ups, free delivery services etc., the programme also has a time bound grievance redresssal mechanism through 104 call centre.