Centre reviews progress under National Health Mission
The union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised on the progress made under the National Health Mission (NHM), including accelerated decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) and Total Fertility Rate (TFR).
The Cabinet also took note of the progress made in respect of various disease programmes like tuberculosis, malaria, kala-azar, dengue, leprosy, viral hepatitis, etc.
The NHM targets include reducing MMR to 1/1,000 live births, reducing IMR to 25/1,000 live births, reducing TFR to 2.1, bringing down prevalence of leprosy to less than 1 /10,000 population and incidence to zero in all districts.
The Cabinet noted that NHM has envisaged new initiatives in 2019-20.
These initiatives, include Social awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) that was launched to accelerate the methods to reduce deaths due to childhood pneumonia, Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) scheme launched to provide assured, dignified, respectful and quality healthcare at no cost along with all existing schemes for maternal and neonatal health have been brought under one umbrella scheme.