One crore pregnant women register with MCTS

New Delhi: The number of pregnant women registered in Mother & Child Tracking System (MCTS) crossed one crore mark on Friday within a year of its launching, the Health Ministry has said.

The expanding data base has also led to concerns that entries in the data from various states may not be completely accurate and steps were being taken to verify the recorded entries, Health Ministry officials said.

The number of children registered in the system is also expected to cross 50 lakh by the end of this month.

The Health ministry had set up the MCTS to collate information of pregnant women and infants to ensure delivery of maternal and child health services from conception till 42 days after delivery for mothers and up to five years of age in the case of the newborns.

Officials said this was done to ensure that all pregnant women and new-borns receive full maternal and immunization services.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “MCTS is aimed at ensuring complete delivery of maternal and child health services to pregnant women and new-borns to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country”.

The Minister also made sample verification calls to registered women under the MCTS database from the MCTS cell in the Ministry to verify the database entries on Saturday, an official release said.

Ministry officials said it had been observed that in certain cases the data registered with the MCTS did not turn out to be correct, which they were trying to rectify.


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