With an aim to provide a dedicated public health delivery system to address medicare challenges in towns and cities, two new Urban Primary Health Centres (PHCs) under the National Health Mission (NHM) programme were opened here on Wednesday.
The new urban PHCs at Sambal and Bharatnagar of Udhampur district were inaugurated by district development commissioner, Udhampur, Yasha Mudgal, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
Mudgal said that the main objective of opening these centres is to make health care services more accessible to the urban people at their doorsteps. She called upon the people in these areas to take advantage of the government health care facilities. On the occasion, chief medical officer Arun Sharma told the DDC that these PHCs would start functioning immediately as the doctors begin attending out-patient cases. He added that the urban mission will help improve the health indicators of urban poor.
He informed that PHCs are located close to the national highway. Each urban PHCs would have one medical officer, lab technician and pharmacist for smooth functioning of the PHCs.
Former union minister of health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad had launched the prestigious National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) initially for a period of five years with an estimated cost of Rs 22,507 crore with focus on specific health requirements of the urban poor population. The NUHM was launched after the success of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which had already been extended till March 31, 2017.