Paradigm shift in Family Planning approach; Family Planning a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities: Shri J P Nadda

Paradigm shift in Family Planning approach; Family Planning a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities: Shri J P Nadda
“There has been a paradigm shift and family planning has now emerged as a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities”. This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during his inaugural address at the two-day National Summit on Family Planning, here today.

The Union Health Minister launched the new revamped logo for Family Planning media awareness campaign along with the 360 degree communication plan for enhanced awareness regarding various issues surrounding family planning in the country. Highlighting the importance of communication in addressing such issues, he noted that a comprehensive strategy has been worked out where maternal and child health and wellbeing have been placed at the centrepoint of the new approach, Shri Nadda pointed out. Shri Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador and anchor for the new communication approach. The IEC package has several TV and radio spots which focus on the role of various stakeholders such as the mother, father, mother-in-law, husband and other in the families as well as the role of community health workers, doctors, nurses, ANMs and ASHAs to educate and inform regarding the available choices. The promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential for securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities, Shri Nadda stated.

The Health Minister also launched the new packaging of contraceptive Nirodh with a view to increase its uptake and use. He said “As a part of our continued efforts to offer Indian women a broader basket of choice, a method mix of contraceptives - Injectables, Centchroman and POPs - have now been introduced into the public health system under the National Family Planning program. The improved access to contraceptives will address all the development dimensions, he informed. Highlighting the importance of linkages and involvement of the private sector, Shri Nadda said that the Ministry will work closely through the private sector engagement using approaches such as social marketing and franchising to build strong public-private partnerships to ensure that the interventions reach everyone.

Noting that Family Planning is a key development imperative, Shri Nadda said that Family planning reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children. The freedom to personally determine the timing of a pregnancy strengthens above all the position of women in society. It helps reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, because many pregnancies in quick succession put mother and child at risk.

The Union Health Minister also stated the new strategic approach emphasizes continuum of care and integrated action, and Family Planning has now been put in the centre-stage as a major pillar of our RMNCH+A strategy to improve survival and health of women and children with special focus on delaying the first birth and spacing between births. The Health Minister highlighted the centrality of issues such a social and cultural practices, low literacy, poverty and lack of timely access to appropriate healthcare facilities. “We know that Child survival, maternal health, increasing age at marriage, postponing the birth of the first child, increasing birth intervals, women's empowerment and employment, literacy and antipoverty efforts are important determinants for stabilizing the population”, Shri Nadda stated. Hence increasing access to family planning services can have a transformative effect on everything from poverty reduction to climate change – in short all aspects that matter for our nation.

The Health Minister informed that India has made notable progress in several health indicators. Considering that 45% of the maternal deaths occur in the age group 15 to 25 years where 52% of the total fertility is also clustered, we are moving from limiting to delaying and spacing for wider health benefits, he noted. There has been a sharp decline in decadal growth rate from 21.54 percent in 1990-2000 to 17.64 percent during 2001-11, the Health Minister added. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has also come down from 6 in 1951 to 2.3 in 2013, and 24 states/UTs have achieved the replacement level fertility of 2.1 or less.

Shri Nadda also awarded States for their contribution towards the Family Planning efforts of the country. TAMIL NADU was awarded for its exemplary contribution in Post-partum Sterilization, MADHYA PRADESH for it contribution in PPIUCD, BIHAR for its contribution on Female Sterilization and HIMACHAL PRADESH for exemplary contribution in Male Sterilization. The Health Minister also launched the Techno-Managerial guidelines for injectable contraceptives at the Summit, along with a Mobile app for Mission Indradhanush.

Also present at the function were Shri B P sharma, Secretary (HFW); Shri C K Mishra, AS&MD; Dr. Rakesh Kumar, JS (RCH, IEC) and other senior officers of the Ministry and representatives of development partners. 


Shri J P Nadda presides over 6th Convocation Day celebration at PGIMER, Dr. RML Hospital

Government taking concrete steps to strengthen tertiary medical infrastructure in the country: Shri J P Nadda
“The Central Government attaches a lot of importance to tertiary healthcare services and medical education. Our Government has announced the setting up of as many as 11 new AIIMS like institutions in various parts of the country”, stated Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking at the 6th convocation ceremony of PGIMER & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, here today. He stated that the institution is working towards realizing Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India as well as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. PGIMER and RML are also working towards full implementation of E-HOSPITAL, he stated. Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS (Prime Minister Office, and Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department) was also present at the Convocation Ceremony.

While addressing the gathering, Shri J P Nadda said that to realize the dream of Swachch Bharat, Ministry has launched a scheme KAYAKALP to promote Swachchta in public health facilities. He further said that the Institute is also going to set up an AMRIT Pharmacy (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) which will make available anti-cancer, cardio-vascular drugs and implants at discounted prices to the patients.

“The Government also encourages the setting up of new medical colleges and strengthening the existing ones. Existing medical colleges are being upgraded by setting up of Super Specialty blocks in 70 such medical colleges in the entire country”, said Shi J P Nadda. He further informed that the Government is expanding the network of the medical colleges in a big way by upgrading 58 district hospitals to medical colleges. 20 State cancer institutes and 50 Tertiary cancer care centers are being set up, he informed.

The Health Minister urged the Institute to harness the tremendous potential of the IT services in Medical Education and Health Care Delivery. He further said that the Ministry is taking concrete steps to expand the scope of Telemedicine --- bringing in tele-education, tele-consultation, tele-radiology. He informed that the National Medical College Network (NMCN) is going to link 35 Government Medical Colleges with National Resource Centre and 6 Regional Resource Centres to utilize high bandwidth connectivity provided by NMCN for better use of Telemedicine.

Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted the importance of empathy and compassion, and urged the graduating students to concentrate and work upon their communication skills with the patients.

Also present at the function were Shri Bhanu Pratap Sharma, Secretary, HFW, Dr. Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Dr. A. K. Gadpayle, MS and Director, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. 


Health Ministry celebrating ‘Health Week’ to promote Healthy Living; several initiatives to be launched during the week

Shri J P Nadda announces start of 3rd phase of Mission Indradhanush from 7th April in 217 select districts in 27 States/UTs
Ministry of Health and Family and Welfare will be celebrating a Health Week starting from today, to mark the World Health Day falling on 7th April 2016. During this week the Ministry will launch several initiatives including an awareness campaign on family planning. The Ministry will also launch initiatives on diabetes, TB and other communicable and non-communicable diseases. The Ministry is also organizing a national consultation on setting up of National eHealth Authority (NeHA) to strengthen the health systems.As part of this celebration Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, announced the implementation of third phase of Mission Indradhanush from 7th April, here today.

Shri J P Nadda said that this initiative was launched on 25th December 2014 as a special nationwide initiative to cover all left out and missed out children and pregnant women with the protection of seven vaccines. This has been expanded to cover provisioning of Vitamin A, ORS packets and Zinc tablets. Two phases of the special drive have been completed, he informed, under which more than 1.48crore children and 38 lakh pregnant women have been additionally immunized. He added that of these nearly 39 lakh children and more than 20 lakh pregnant women have been additionally fully immunized. Across 21.3 lakh sessions held through the country in high and mid-priority districts, the Health Minister stated that more than 3.66crore antigens have been administered.

The Health Minister held video conferencing with Health Ministers from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, and Principal Health secretaries and Mission Directors from the rest of the 27 States/UTS. Shri J P Nadda urged them to put into practice the lessons learnt during the past two phases of Mission Indradhanush for sustained gains. The Minister stated that this would not only help in increasing the immunization coverage in the states but would contribute to strengthening the health systems. He congratulated the states for their cooperation and collective effort, and the Health Ministers and Secretaries for their personal involvement and constant monitoring of the immunization drive.

Phase-3 of Mission Indradhanush of this special full immunization drive, ShriNadda informed will be carried out in 216 select districts in 27 states/UTs. Four intensified immunization rounds will be conducted for seven days in each between April and July 2016, in these districts. These 216 districts have been identified on the basis of estimates where full immunization coverage is less than 60 per cent and have high dropout rates.

Flagging off the third phase of Mission Indradhanush, Union Health Minister stated that “Mission Indradhanush has witnessed unparalleled participation and cooperation from health workers at the grassroot levelin improving the immunization coverage in difficult areas. The scale and reach of the initiative is unmatched and states have shown massive commitment in coming forth and creating awareness at all levels.

ShriNadda added that the milestones achieved through the programme have led to health systems strengthening which provides us a good opportunity for the introduction of additional life-saving vaccines and ensuring the reach of the immunization program to each and every child in the country. 

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