Ghulam Nabi Azad, union minister of health and family welfare, on Monday said the Centre would double the budgetary allocation in the next five years to make district, sub-district hospitals and primary health centres better equipped technologically.
Inaugurating the 330-bed Umrao Hospital in Mira Road, Azad said the National Rural Health Mission had allocated Rs 45,000 crore for the upgradation and capacity enhancement of such healthcare facilities.
“We need hospitals at district and block levels as well as primary health centres. State governments don’t have facilities to speedily establish hospitals. Therefore private sector involvement is very important in healthcare,” said Azad.
Muzaffar Hussain, chairman, Umrao Hospital said there is a need for hospitals in Mira-Bhayander area. Over the years, the population of the area has been increasing but there is a shortage of good tertiary care, multi-specialty hospitals.
“There is a deficit of 50,000 hospital beds in Thane district and we need 1,000-bed hospital in this area,” said Hussain.
The hospital will provide facilities such as trauma and emergency care, interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery, bone and joint care, kidney transplants and daycare surgeries.
“At Umrao Hospital, the primary focus wil be to provide critical care across multiple specialties during the golden hour (first 60 minutes after an emergency),” said Dr Rajendra Sharma, CEO, Umrao Hospitals.
Azad stressed the need to look at the issue of family planning more seriously, as the escalating population growth in India has made development planning a serious challenge. “There is a race between development and growing population. There is no use of planning as the problems remains the same,” Azad said.