Ghulam Nabi Azad launches new health initiatives for Assam

Guwahati (Assam), Sept 1 (ANI): Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday launched several new health initiatives worth Rs.500 crores under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the strengthening of healthcare services in Assam.

The new initiatives are - Free Generic Drug Service, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya karyakram (RBSK), National Iron Plus Initiative, Fleet of 359 New Ambulances for National Ambulance Service.

Ghulam Nabi Azad also inaugurated Mother and Child Tracking System Call Centre and Tele-Radiology Project under NRHM.

He also laid the foundation stone of 14 MCH Wings of various district hospitals which are being constructed at the cost of more than Rs.320 crores to cater to the increased demand of institutional deliveries, and also improve the maternal and child health. These MCHs wings upon becoming functional will provide 1400 additional beds to the health system of Assam.

He said the aim of the UPA Government is to upgrade and strengthen healthcare systems at all levels to provide accessible, equitable and affordable healthcare services across the country.

"More than Rs 96000 crores have been released to the States under NRHM and about 54000 new constructions or renovations of public health facilities have been taken up in the country," he said.

Highlighting the achievements of Assam in health sector, he appreciated the initiative of State Government for taking full advantage of the fund provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the States under NRHM.

He added that the Assam State Government has utilized more than Rs.5700 crores under NRHM so far and another Rs.1150 crores has been approved for the year 2013-14 to the State.

Azad said that comprehensive infrastructure strengthening has been taken up under NRHM in the State, with thousands of health facilities being constructed or renovated.

"The Health Ministry has sanctioned 3212 new constructions and 2048 renovations, upgradations in the State so far," he said.

"In addition, "Augmentation of human resources is one of cornerstones of our policy under NRHM and we are liberally supporting the States to enhance the availability of human resources in the health institutions at all levels", he added.

He also said that more than 25000 healthcare functionaries which include specialists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and AYUSH professionals have been added to the health systems in the state.

Explaining the importance of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Azad said that this unique initiative can lay the foundation of a healthy nation as it signals a leap towards universal health coverage.

He also said that though a school health programmme existed but that was too weak and under-funded to help us realize the goal of securing the health of our children.

"This is what prompted the Health Ministry to come up with a comprehensive and broad-based programme, RBSK that aims to screen 27 crore children upto the age of 18 years across the country for 4 Ds- viz. Diseases, Disabilities, Defects and Disorders," he added.

RBSK was launched by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on 6th February, 2013 from Thane District of Maharashtra.

Azad further said that all expenses on the treatment and management of specified medical conditions of screened children, upto the tertiary level, will be borne by the Union Health Ministry under NRHM. He conveyed confidence that this will lead to improvement in the quality of life enabling all persons to realize their full potential.

Launching a fleet of 359 new 108 Ambulances under National Ambulance Service of NRHM, Azad expressed the hope that this will lend strength to referral and emergency transport facility in the State, adding that 50 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) have been already funded under NRHM in the State.

He said NRHM has injected about 18000 ambulances into the health system of the country with the aim of expanding the referral and emergency transport services.

Expressing concern over the increased incidence of Japanese Encephalitis in the State, he said that monitoring and supervision of the disease need to be increased.

"Ten endemic Districts have been taken up for JE vaccination programme. JE vaccine has been made part of universal immunization in such Districts. Besides, nine Sentinel Sites for JE diagnosis have been established. Funding has been provided for setting up of 60 bedded Encephalitis Management Ward in Guwahati Medical College," he said.

Azad appealed to the State Government to make concerted effort to bring down Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the state. (ANI)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of the Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusia… More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »