Delhi Cabinet approves healthcare system
The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved a new scheme to overhaul the primary healthcare system in the Capital. This will be called Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) Scheme. It has been formulated on the guidelines of the central government under the National Rural Health Mission.
Under new scheme 5450 activists would be deployed to cover 109 lakh residents of slums, JJ clusters, resettlement colonies, unauthorised colonies and rural villages.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described the new ASHA Scheme the first major exercise in communitisation of primary healthcare which would go a long way in improving the healthcare delivery system.
"ASHA is an incentive-based scheme wherein women who volunteer from local community will be selected and trained to reinforce community action for universal immunization, safe delivery, new born care, prevention of water borne and communicable diseases, improved nutrition and promotion of household/community toilets," she said.
According to the Cabinet note, the activists will inform, interact, mobilise and facilitate improved access to preventive and promotive healthcare and also provide basic curative care through the drug kit provided. Dikshit said the activists would be deployed to cater to the vulnerable areas which have poor health indices.
The government would spend Rs 40 crore for selection, training and incentive of 5450 ASHA activists during the 11th Five Year Plan from 2007 to 2012. Subsequently Rs 8.5 crore per annum on an average would be spent on the scheme.
Institutions in Lal Dora areas: The Cabinet also decided to allow the functioning of the educational and technical institutions in the Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora areas till the zonal plans are finalised. However, no new institutes can come up in the interregnum. The proposal, however, does not cover coaching institutes. Schools have already been permitted to operate in the Lal Dora areas.
Even as MBBS aspirants are waiting for the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2022, medical colleges in the city and state are prepping their classrooms and labs to accommodate two batches of first year undergraduate students. UG-2021 exams were conducted in September and the results were announced by the National Testing Agency on November 1. The first year of MBBS will take place from February 2022 to January 2023.
Mumbai: A week after a 24-year-old man died as a result of touching the overhead wire while riding on the rooftop of a local train, the Government Railway Police officials will now prepare a list of spots where youngsters perform stunts to prevent fatal incidents. The officials say there will be a crackdown on train surfing and other acts, including clicking selfies while hanging from the train, walking on the tracks and riding rooftops.
A man was beaten and later thrown out of a running train near Jiroli village in Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur district allegedly by three pantry car vendors following a heated argument over the price of bottled water late on Saturday night, police said. Yadav, had been admitted to medical college in Jhansi with multiple injuries, they added. Lalitpur, Navin Kumar.
Civil hospital has set up a probe following a video that went viral on Sunday showing some of the youths creating a ruckus on the hospital campus. The hospital authorities claimed that the patients weren't disturbed because of the incident, in which around half a dozen youths were seen shouting at each other in the video. One of them also used his belt on another person.
The power engineers and employees in Uttar Pradesh and in other states will hold a day-long protest against the scheduled tabling of the long-pending and contentious Electricity (Amendment) Bill in Parliament on Monday. The All India Power Engineers Federation chairman Shailendra Dubey claimed that the Bill, if passed, would have far-reaching regressive effects on the electricity employees and electricity consumers and farmers.