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NRHM finally set to take off in State

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 01:38 IST
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MoU signed, Centre sanctions Rs 200 crore

AFTER A gap of one year, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is all set to take off in Uttar Pradesh with the signing of MoU between the State and Union governments on Wednesday.

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for the launch of various projects under NRHM in the current financial year. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss had launched the mission in UP in September 2005. 

The Medical Health and Family Welfare Department is preparing a detailed project report for each district. The report would be dispatched to the Centre for release of fund in 2007- 08.

The respective State Governments have neglected health sector with allocating little fund to the Health and Family Welfare Department. Now, the State Government is bound to make 10 per cent increase in the annual budgetary allocation for the department.

Principal secretary, Medical Health and Family Welfare, Arun Kumar Mishra told Hindustan Times that after the Cabinet nod, the State Government had issued GO for the launch of the State Rural Health Mission (SRHM) and constitution of the State Health Society, the District Health Society, Hospital Committees and Gram Panchayat Samitis.

A unique feature of the SRHM is the formation of ‘patient welfare committee’ in all the government hospitals, which includes district hospitals, community and primary health centres.

Along with monitoring health facilities in hospitals, the committees will ensure that common people are aware about the latest development in the field of medical sciences and new techniques being developed in the treatment of the disease.

These committees will also supervise all national programmes being implemented by hospitals and other health centres. They will hold health camps in far-flung areas and get feedback from the public over the implementation of health programmes.

The Health Department has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh to each district hospitals and Rs 1 lakh to smaller hospitals. The hospitals will also use the fund collected from user charges or donations from various social organisations.

All government hospitals will get extra doctors, nurses and technical staff for smooth running of the facilities. The Health Department has also decided to implement the standard set by Indian Public Health Society in selected community health centres.

Another important feature of the health mission is the maintenance of health register in each village. Health officials could get information about the organisation of routine immunization and other programmes in the villages.

“We have also decided to strengthen the paramedical services. Nurses and ANM training centres will be strengthened and old ones revived,” Mishra said and added that public- private participation would be ensured in the running of the training centres.

The Health Department has also planned to set up 40 training centres for auxillary nursing midwives (ANMs) in various corners of the State. Ten similar centres will be established at district headquarters, 20 for male ANMs and 20 training centres will be run in coordination with private agencies. On the other hand, six training centres of nurses located in the districts will be strengthened.

The Health Department has planned to set up project management units at the State, divisional and district headquarters and block levels to ensure proper implementation of health projects.

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