The state’s health care infrastructure is set to get a massive makeover, with the state cabinet on Wednesday approving the Rs. 1,988 crore master plan that, among other things, proposes an increase in health staff 19,236 personnel and healthcare facilities on state and national highways.
The plan will overhaul the existing health care infrastructure and change existing norms. While setting up health facilities, planners will consider not only population but also factor in population density and accessibility (keeping in mind the area’s topography).
HT had first reported the plan in its July 5 edition. The latest plan comes 15 years after the last upgrade, in 1997, which was on the basis of the 1991 census. The overhaul has been necessitated by the drastic change in population and demography across the state. Since 1991, the state population has increased by about four crore and almost half the population resides in towns and cities.
For the first time, the state will provide health care to accident victims on state and national highways. About 50 trauma centres will come up on highways under the new scheme, keeping in mind rising fatalities in road accidents. Every year, 11,000 people die in road accidents.
For the Mumbai, the state had earlier approved a new building at the JJ Hospital and four hospitals in the eastern and western suburbs.
Ensuring balanced development in rural and urban areas, under the new plan, 1,257 new small and major health care centres will be opened in a phased manner, in both urban and rural areas, and all sub-district and district hospitals will be upgraded. Each district will have a district hospital and a separate facility for women and children.
The deadline will be decided after the cabinet and legislature approves budgetary allocations.