The Prime Minister, speaking at the inauguration of the 2018 Partners Forum said, “The country has 25 million newborns. Our robust facility based newborn care system, which provides care to more than 1 million newborn babies through 794 state-of-the-art special newborn care units, has served as a successful model. As a result of our interventions, 840 additional lives of children under five are being saved each day in India as compared to four years back.”
The Health Ministry hosted the 2018 Partners Forum, an amalgamation of national and global organisations, which is committed to improving maternal and child health.
PM Modi added, “I am pleased to note that India’s immunization programme, a subject close to my heart, is being featured as a success story in this forum. Under Mission Indradhanush, we reached 32.8 million children and 8.4 million pregnant women over the last three years. We have also increased the number of vaccines under the universal immunization programme from 7 to 12.”
The Health Minister J P Nadda, also speaking at the event, talked about Ayushman Bharat and its integrated approach and health assurance through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.