Health minister Rajendra Rathore said in the assembly on Wednesday the state government has framed a plan to open health centres in Rajasthan in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.
The government has identified 90 places to open the health centres, said Rathore, adding that in villages having a shortage of doctors, the government would arrange an ambulance on fixed days to bring patients to nearby health centres and to drop them back to the village after
He was replying to questions of MLAs during
the question hour.
The minister said there was a provision of opening a sub-centre (SC) over a population of 3,000-5,000, a primary health centre (PHC) over a population of 20,000-30,000 and a community health centre (CHC)
over a population of
On the question of Ramlal Sharma from Chomu assembly constituency on opening a PHC at Udaipuria village, Rathore said Govindgarh panchayat samiti, under which Udaipuria village comes, had a population of 3.14 lakh and as per the norms the panchayat samiti has 10 PHCs,
therefore opening of PHC at Udaipuria is not under consideration.
The minister said at present there was a requirement of opening 71 CHCs, 302 PHCs and 943 SCs in the state.
He said the previous government sidelining the rules and without making budgetary provisions announced to open 600 PHCs, 125 CHCs and 2,000 SCs.
However, it opened only 50 PHQs.
The present government would make efforts to make budgetary provision to run these 50 PHCs.
Running a PHC requires Rs 35 lakh for salary and maintenance, he said.
Reiterating that the state requires 302 PHCs, Rathore said the government would open them slowly by arranging financial
He said the centres that would be opened under PPP mode, given Rs 33 lakh for a year and run as per the government norms.
He said 2,573 posts of doctors and officers and 46,000 posts of para-medical staff are lying vacant.
Two days ago, the government announced results for recruitment of 14,000
para-medical staff, he
He said efforts were on to appoint doctors on 1,507 posts, but only 601 doctors have joined so far.
Orders have been issued to 434 doctors to join the duty by March 27, he said, adding that the government is keen to fill the vacant posts.