Centre to launch 'Urban Health Mission': Minister

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Hyderabad, Feb 20 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare P Laxmi today said the centre would introduce 'Urban Health Mission', on the lines of Rural Health Mission, soon in the country.

Speaking to newspersons here while participating in a symposium on recent trends in reproductive health reasearch here, Ms Laxmi said the Centre was proposing to increase the incentive from Rs 1000 to Rs 1400 to all pregnant women under Janani Suraksha scheme.

Stating that 39 lakh institutional deliveries took place since the inception of Rural Health Mission, she said 5.48 lakh acrredited social health activists had been recruited to help generate health awareness among the people in villages of the country.

Observing that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC President Sonia Gandhi had asked the Health Ministry to extend Arogya Sri scheme, implemented successfully in the state to other parts of the country, the minister said, with a single toll free number, 30,000 ambulances would be introduced in the country to carry the patients to hospitals.

Both men and women should be informed about the access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice and the appropriate health care services to enable women to safely go through pregnancy and child birth, she added.

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