AFTER FORMULATING various schemes for improving health services in the State, the State Government will now give cash prizes worth Rs one crore annually to health officials who play a significant role in the schemes’ effective implementation.
Announcing this at a press conference here today, State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said, “Officials and employees including hospital staff excelling in implementation of different schemes of State Government or Centre, will be awarded under this scheme.”
Mentioning that the State’s new drug policy will become effective from October, Vishnoi added new warehouses will be set up in the State at district level. The State Government will get into three-year agreements with warehouse owners under the policy, the Minister said.
Admitting that the new drug policy had been delayed, Vishnoi said additional budget allocation of Rs 20 crore had been made to ensure availability of medicines in each district for use during epidemics, for Deendayal Upadhyaya health scheme and for pensioners.
The Minister said only 40 cases of chikungunya had been confirmed out of 408 blood samples sent to Delhi and Pune following the outbreak of the disease in the State.
He pointed out that every year cases of seasonal fever came to light after rains. However, whether it was chikungunya could be ascertained only after laboratory tests.
Expressing satisfaction that campus selection for doctors in the State had boosted health services in rural areas, the Minister maintained 295 doctors, including 65 postgraduates, had already started working in rural areas.
Claiming institutional delivery in the State had increased to 46 per cent from 26 per cent, Vishnoi said maternal and infant mortality rates had come down due to promotion of institutional delivery.
Union Government, under a scheme, has provided Rs 320 lakh to the State for establishing a unit of AYUSH in 16 district hospitals and one unit in each of the gas relief hospitals of Bhopal. A provision of Rs 10 lakh has been made for this in the current fiscal year, the Minister informed.