The main reason behind slow and poor improvement of health services in the country is not lack of funds but lack of proper utilisation of funds by the state governments which are granted to them by the central government, said union minister of health and family welfare, JP Nadda on Saturday here.
He was speaking on the topic ‘universal healthcare: forging partnerships with the private sector’ at YN Singh Memorial Lecture organised in a hotel in the city.
“Many of the states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, failed to utilise the funds of about Rs 7,000 cr and 3,500 cr respectively given by central government to improve health services. The problem lies in proper utilisation of funds and not lack of funds,” said Nadda.
Speaking during the occasion, he also said that in the next two months the government would form a task force with the private sector to take initiatives so as to enhance the health services in the country.
“One of the few successful public private partnership(PPP) model is the 108 and 102 ambulance service which at present comprises 26,000 ambulance with a response time of about 30 minutes. In the upcoming time, the government is going to increase the number of ambulances which will enable them to reach the remote places within 20 minutes,” said Nadda.
“The focus of the government at present is on the preventive measures to curb the diseases. It has come up with many initiatives too, but their success largely depends on the active participation of the public,” added Nadda.
Renowned heart surgeon and chairman and managing director of Medanta, Dr Naresh Trehan who was also present during the occasion, while addressing the gathering at the event spoke of improving civic amenities to curb the spreading of diseases.
“Before improving the health services in the country, the needs of the public in this domain needs to be identified. About 40-50% diseases in the country are communicable and can be controlled with proper civic amenities. The government should utilise the excess resources available with the private sector to enhance the health services in the country by forging partnerships with the private sector,” said Trehan.
During the occasion, minister of public health and family welfare of Madhya Pradesh, Rustom Singh, minister of health and family welfare, Ajay Chandrakar and leader of opposition in Chhattisgarh, TS Singhdeo was also present with various other dignitaries.