The House of Representatives in its meeting on August 15, 2018 approved the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Bills, 2075.
RSS: The House of Representatives had approved unopposed the proposal seeking consideration on the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Bills, 2075. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population, Upendra Yadav, had presented the proposal. Putting their views on the theoretical aspects of the bill, MPs complained that a mechanism for the implementation of the reproductive rights was not put in place. They also suggested including provisions in the bill for assigning at least one doctor in places having a population of 1,000. The lawmakers said that it would be possible to implement the safe motherhood and reproductive rights only when education and health services are free.
They also said that foreign investment should not be allowed in the education and health sectors and that maternity leave should be given to women working in the agriculture sector and as domestic workers. The lawmakers also demanded providing nutritious food to the poor and vulnerable sections of society.
Responding to the questions raised by MPs during the discussions on the proposal, DPM Yadav said the bill has been presented keeping in mind the health of the mother and the child. He said the bill would help in reducing abortions and uncontrolled births. The Health Minister also expressed the belief that the bill would help reduce the maternal and child mortality rate.
He also shared on the occasion that a basic health center and birthing center would be set up at each ward of the local level.