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WB loans K'taka Rs 897.8 cr for health project

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 16:24 IST

Impressed by Karnataka's performance in implementing the Health System Development and Reform Project, the World Bank has sanctioned a Rs 897.79 crore soft loan for the second phase of the scheme, Health Minister R Ashok said on Friday.

Karnataka is the only state to get assistance from the World Bank for improving infrastructure in hospitals, he told reporters.

The state has won appreciation earlier for implementing another health project costing Rs 652 crore with aid from the World Bank.

The second phase of the Health System Development and Reform Project, to be launched next month, will be implemented over five years.

More than 2,000 healthcare centres including hospitals, primary health centres, sub-centres will be upgraded, Ashok said.

Its focus will be on less developed areas and vulnerable population, particularly in tribal areas, where two training centres will be established at a cost of Rs 2 crore to train 300 tribal women as auxiliary nurses and midwives, he said.

During the training period, the women will be paid a stipend of Rs 1,000 a month. Sixty mobile health clinics will also be started at a cost of Rs 29.80 crore, he said.

The government will spend Rs 40 crore on a health insurance scheme to benefit 20 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, Ashok said. The scheme will be extended further to cover at least 50 lakh families at a later stage.

He said 100 primary health centres will have their own buildings and 216 sub-centres will be constructed.