Uttar Pradesh will get another 100 urban health posts, which will cater to the slum dwellers of the urban areas of the state, in the next financial year. The announcement was made by the state’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ahmed Hasan, while inaugurating the 100 urban health posts across 35 districts under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Lucknow on Thursday.
The minister said the idea behind these health posts is to take health facilities to the doorsteps of the urban poor, especially the mothers and children, who have to go to district hospitals even for the basic health care. Hasan also promised that though the medicine budget for each of these urban health posts is only Rs 10,000 funded by the Government of India through NRHM, the state government will fund any additional medicine requirements of these posts, whatever the cost. He said that the state government will ensure that there is no scarcity of medicine at the urban health posts.
Hasan alleged that the 118 similar health posts opened during the last Samajwadi Party government was closed down by the last BSP government. He also said that the party manifesto had promised free healthcare to all and the urban health posts are a step towards the fulfilment of the promise.
UP already has 131 functional urban health posts, which were established under National Rural Health Mission in the past four years. However, in the last two years, there were no urban health posts created in the state. In the current fiscal year, the Centre has approved setting up of 100 urban health posts in the state.
The purpose of creating such a post is to extend health facilities to people, particularly women and children living below poverty line in urban slums. Once the National Urban Health Mission will be launched, these posts will form its basic facility.
Each post will have one woman medical officer, one staff nurse, an auxiliary nurse midwife and a sweeper. The posts will cater to around 35,000 to 50,000 people living in slum areas. The basic facility provided at these centres will