Better health services for poor envisaged

Better health services for poor envisaged

By: || Updated: 16 Mar 2012 05:13 AM


New
Delhi:
The budget for 2012-13 on Friday focused on better health
services to the poor in rural as well as urban slums, increasing the
outlay of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and launching the
National Urban Health Mission.




The government hiked by nearly 15 per cent the budget for NRHM with an
outlay of Rs 20,822 crore ($4.14 billion).




Presenting his seventh budget in the Lok Sabha, finance minister Pranab
Mukherjee announced: "I propose to increase the allocation to NRHM from Rs
18,115 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 20,822 crore in 2012-13."




The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) flagship programme was
launched in 2005 and aims to provide quality healthcare to villagers.




It is being implemented by a network of nearly 800,000 Accredited Social
Health Activists (ASHAs).




"The scope of ASHA's activities is being enlarged to include prevention of
Iodine Deficiency Disorders, ensure 100 percent immunisation and better
spacing of children," he said.




"At the community level, a more active role is envisaged for ASHA as the
convenor of the village health and sanitation committee, as also to
support the initiative on malnutrition. Since ASHAs receive activity-wise,
performance-based payments, this will also enhance their remuneration," he
added.




To target the urban poor, the government also launched the National Urban
Health Mission, which aims to provide basic primary health needs of the
people who live in shanties in cities.




Aiming to reach out to people living in the remotest part of the country,
the government has already started upgrading the existing hospitals and
establishing new hospitals.




This has been done under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
(PMSSY).




Under this scheme, the government had aimed at setting up eight All India
Institute of Medical Sciences-like institutions and upgradation of
existing government medical colleges.




"It will enhance the availability of affordable tertiary health care," he
said.




Mukherjee also lauded the government's efforts to virtually eradicate
polio.




"They say persistence pays. I am happy to inform honourable members that
no new case of polio was reported in the last one year," he said.




"By modernising existing units and setting up a new integrated vaccine
unit near Chennai, the government will achieve vaccine security and keep
the pressure on disease eradication and prevention," he added.The budget
for 2012-13 on Friday focused on better health services to the poor in
rural as well as urban slums, increasing the outlay of the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) and launching the National Urban Health Mission.




The government hiked by nearly 15 per cent the budget for NRHM with an
outlay of Rs 20,822 crore ($4.14 billion).




Presenting his seventh budget in the Lok Sabha, finance minister Pranab
Mukherjee announced: "I propose to increase the allocation to NRHM from Rs
18,115 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 20,822 crore in 2012-13."




The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) flagship programme was
launched in 2005 and aims to provide quality healthcare to villagers.




It is being implemented by a network of nearly 800,000 Accredited Social
Health Activists (ASHAs).




"The scope of ASHA's activities is being enlarged to include prevention of
Iodine Deficiency Disorders, ensure 100 percent immunisation and better
spacing of children," he said.




"At the community level, a more active role is envisaged for ASHA as the
convenor of the village health and sanitation committee, as also to
support the initiative on malnutrition. Since ASHAs receive activity-wise,
performance-based payments, this will also enhance their remuneration," he
added.




To target the urban poor, the government also launched the National Urban
Health Mission, which aims to provide basic primary health needs of the
people who live in shanties in cities.




Aiming to reach out to people living in the remotest part of the country,
the government has already started upgrading the existing hospitals and
establishing new hospitals.




This has been done under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
(PMSSY).




Under this scheme, the government had aimed at setting up eight All India
Institute of Medical Sciences-like institutions and upgradation of
existing government medical colleges.




"It will enhance the availability of affordable tertiary health care," he
said. Mukherjee also lauded the government's efforts to virtually
eradicate polio.




"They say persistence pays. I am happy to inform honourable members that
no new case of polio was reported in the last one year," he said.




"By modernising existing units and setting up a new integrated vaccine
unit near Chennai, the government will achieve vaccine security and keep
the pressure on disease eradication and prevention," he added.




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