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India observes National Safe Motherhood Day

Apr 11, 2013

According to the 2011 census data, the national average of maternal mortality has come down by 17 per cent in India.

National Safe Motherhood day is being observed across the country today to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

According to reports, the Indian government has written to the states to strengthen implementation of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna maternity benefit scheme. The review of the progress of the IGMSY will be conducted from the 15th to 25th of this month.

Surviving childbirth is a basic right of every woman and a social responsibility. Ensuring institutional delivery, reducing anemia among women by providing Iron-Folic Acid supplements and better pre and postnatal health care are necessary for mothers.

Prevention of child marriages which are indirect causes of maternal deaths is also an important factor. Right to good quality nutrition and health services during and after pregnancy and childbirth and the removal of barriers that contribute to maternal mortality would go a long way towards safe motherhood.

In India, the national average of maternal mortality has come down by 17 per cent according to the 2011 census data and efforts are on to achieve the millenium development goal of reducing maternal mortality rate to 139 per one lakh live births by 2015.

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