- Under the family planning programme, injectable contraceptives for women have been approved.
- The government proposes to make injectable contraceptives available to the public.
- The injections would be distributed through medical colleges, district hospitals and later to Primary Health Centres.
The Indian government would soon make injectable contraceptives available to the public by introducing them in medical colleges and district hospitals.
The ministry has approved injectable contraceptives for women under the family planning programme after recommendations from the drugs technical advisory committee.
The government proposes to make injectable contraceptives available to the public. It has been decided to introduce it in a phased manner starting from medical colleges, district hospitals followed by sub-district hospitals, Community Health Centres and subsequently to Primary Health Centres," minister of state for health Anupriya Patel said.
New interventions had been made by the government in family planning and the current basket of choice had been expanded to include the new contraceptives like injectable contraceptive, centchroman and progesterone Only Pills (POP).
She added that packaging for condoms, OCPs and ECPs had now been improved and redesigned so as to influence the demand for these commodities.
Other interventions included developing a 360 degree media campaign to generate contraceptive demand while the sterilization compensation scheme had been enhanced in 11 high focus states.
She added that the scheme for home delivery of contraceptives by ASHAs workers at doorstep of beneficiaries had been expanded to the entire country.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has informed that the government would bring out an e-health legislation which would have comprehensive remedies, including civil and criminal measures for data breach.
The proposed legislation would broadly cover aspects including comprehensive legal framework to protect e-health' data for an individual, ownership of e-health data, legal framework for health data standardization in collection, storage, exchange and others, she said.