Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on 16 July 2013 announced that the government would provide free pre-natal health care and ambulance facilities to pregnant women across the country. Under the Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) scheme pregnant women are provided free medical treatment during the delivery and post natal care. The Pregnant women will be given free medical and ambulance facilities from conception to delivery.
Earlier, all the benefits were provided after the woman delivered baby in the Government hospital but now free treatment and transport facility would be provided during the entire pregnancy period as well. And the baby born would be given free treatment for 1 year. This is the first scheme of its kind.
These women will also be able to avail free consultation from doctors at government hospitals for 45 days from delivery and infants will be given free treatment at the hospitals for one year. The adolescent children will be provided weekly supplements of iron and Folic Acid to prevent anaemic diseases in the children.
Who: Union government.
When: 16 July 2013.