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State Health Policy: UP government aims to up its spending

Uttar Pradesh government plans to increase its spending on healthcare from 1.4% to 2.5% of the Gross State Domestic Product.

lucknow Updated: Jan 23, 2018 14:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The health policy focuses on finance, social and environmental determinants, governance, access to medicines, diagnostics and medical technologies, human resources, and service delivery.(File Photo)

The state government plans to increase its spending on healthcare from 1.4% to 2.5% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).

The state government was also contemplating to establish a separate public health cadre to manage the administrative works while the doctors and para medical staff would be under clinical cadre, said principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Prashant Trivedi after a meeting on the draft state health policy with top health experts in the city on Monday.

Trivedi said the views and suggestions given by the experts would be incorporated in the new health policy to be implemented within three months. UP will be the second state after Karnataka to have a health policy, he said.

The health policy focuses on finance, social and environmental determinants, governance, access to medicines, diagnostics and medical technologies, human resources, and service delivery.

Finance

One fourth of additional funds would be expected from the central government and rest would be mobilized by the state government. The government also plans to expand and deepen risk polling mechanism , strengthen strategic purchasing route and reform public finance management mechanism.

Social Determinants

The focus will be on effective measures to reduce malnutrition, anemia and stunting, improve the status of women healthcare, reduction in household biomass usage, capacity for waste segregation and effluent treatment, control of emissions, phase out of the equipment with mercury, environment management and enforcement of the MTP Act and PCPNDT Act to check uneven sex ratios in UP.

Governance

Improvement in coordination, consolidation and convergence of the Medical Health Department, Medical Education and Training, Department of AYUSH, Department of Women and Child Development and State Drugs Controller General. Several units will be set up in the department for strengthening the Directorate.

Access to Medicines

The focus will be on stepping up public funding on medicines, selection of essential and generic medicine, UPMSC will centralize purchase of medicines and decentralize the systems of distribution and supply chain management. It will also ensure rationality in drug prescription and dispensing and regulate quality of drugs, supplies and equipment.

Human Resource for Health

The Health department plans to make nurses nerve centre of managing healthcare, role of the community health workers will be made more relevant and institutionalize a range of innovative processes for recruitment.

Service Delivery

The department plans to accelerate provision of primary care service by public facilities, appoint AYUSH doctors in the rural areas, enhance and expand primary care through coordination, strengthen secondary and tertiary care service, improve diagnostic, referral and emergency services and increase the role of information technology in health care.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 14:26 IST