States not doing enough for health sector: Azad

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 04, 2009 11:04 IST

Unhappy with the way the National Rural Health Mission has been implemented by states, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the flagship scheme was not going in the right direction and the state governments should equally "share the burden".

"What I see is that the state governments think the government of India is giving money, why should we bother," Azad told PTI.

According to Azad, this defeats the entire purpose of the NRHM. "We have to tell them that you also have to do your duty and put in extra money."

Observing that states have started thinking of the Centre's NRHM scheme as "replacement" to their duties in the health sector, he said, "...whether it is going in the right direction...I do not feel so.

 "From our side we are doing enough," he said, adding that the states have not increased their budget in the health
sector but instead decreased it.

 "I shall have to discuss with each state government. They will have to share the burden. We have said we will give
money or extra doctors, infrastructure, primary health structures and other facilities.

"We are not the replacement. It (health) is a state subject...We have come to add to you services not replace
you," he said.
The health minister said he would visit each state over the coming months to monitor the implementation of NRHM.

Though some states are doing better in immunisation than others, Azad said almost all of them are lacking in
health infrastructure.


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