Punjab

DC initiates awareness activities under Matru Vandana Saptah

Punjab Tribune Bureau | December 02, 2019 08:05 PM

JALANDHAR: The Deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma inaugurated ‘Matru Vandana Saptah’ to raise the awareness about Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna, a maternity benefit program among the women.

Presiding over a meeting in DAC Complex, Sharma said that vigorous awareness activities would be carried out and meetings with Gram Sabhas, panchayats, local bodies and celebration of village health sanitation and nutrition day, seminars, etc will be held.


He said that on the selfie corners will be developed where pregnant women and mothers of newborn babies will be specially invited.

 
He said that 'Prabhat Pheri' will also be organized in the selected village and pamphlets will be distributed.


Further, the administration will also honour the best ASHA, Anganwari Worker, and local health worker for carrying efficient work during the Matru Vandana Saptah.

Sharma told that door to door drive will also be started by ASHA workers to collect digital data of pregnant women.



DC also informed that under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna (PMMVY), a maternity benefit scheme of the government, financial assistance of Rs 5000 would be given to pregnant women for the delivery of the first child.


He further informed that pregnant women need to register themselves at nearby Anganwari centres within 150 days of Last Menstrual Period (LMP) date and have to procure Mother-Child Health Card.


He that financial assistance would be given in three instalments to the beneficiaries by the department.


Sharma also added that the expecting mother will receive Rs 1,000 after registration of pregnancy as the first instalment, Rs 2,000 after one ante-natal check-up following six months of pregnancy and Rs 2,000 after the childbirth is registered and has received the first cycle of vaccination.


On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Kulwant Singh, DPO Amarjeet Singh Bhullar, District Immunization Officer Dr Seema District Epidemiologist Dr Shobhna and other officers were also present.

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