Haryana seeks Rs 810 crore from Centre for healthcare

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 25, 2014 18:23 IST

To improve healthcare in Haryana, the state government has sought Rs 810 crore from the Centre.

The state has submitted the budget for Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) and the fund will be used to launch key vertical programmes, which include mental health and healthcare of the elderly persons in the state, said Rao Narender Singh, health minister of the state.

Out of the total amount, a sum of Rs 188 crore has been proposed for new vertical programmes as National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), National Programme for Healthcare of Elderly (NPCHE), National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), National Oral Health Programme (NOHP), National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS), he said.

Under the PIP, the other initiatives proposed include construction of four Maternal and Child Health Wings at Sirsa, Narnaul, Jhajjar and Ambala; Preconception Care Package; Infant Young Child Feeding counselling centres and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) room, the minister said.

The health minister said that as a result of the maternal and child healthcare programmes being implemented in the state, health index has shown considerable improvement.

"The mother mortality rate has been reduced to 146 from 186 in 2004-05. Similarly, infant mortality rate has been reduced from 61 to 42," he said.

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