Health sector gets R68 cr more in Haryana

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 30 2011, 06:38am hrs
Haryana government has allocated R1,443.61 crore for health sector in 2011-12 to equip and upgrade all healthcare institutions. The outlay for the next fiscal year has been increased by R67.73 crore in comparison to the current fiscal year.

Stating this an official spokesman said that while nine out of the 21 district hospitals were being renovated and upgraded to bring them to the Indian Public Health (IPH) Standards, three new district hospitals were being constructed.

He said that major infrastructural improvements were being effected to upgrade all health institutions to IPH Standards. Six out of the 21 district hospitalsFaridabad, Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Hisar, Rohtak and Sonepatare being renovated and upgraded by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), New Delhi, under the special economic stimulus package of R109 crore.

Three other district hospitalsPanchkula, Karnal and Panipatare being renovated and upgraded by the NBCC under the grant of R25 crore sanctioned by the 12th Finance Commission. Besides, three new hospitals are being constructed in the districts of Kaithal, Jhajjar and Palwal, and one sub-divisional hospital is being built in Bahadurgarh. Not that the focus on the Community Health Centres (CHCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Sub Health Centres (SHCs), dotting the length and breadth of the state, is any less.

The spokesman said that under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the state government has sanctioned R330 crore for the construction of 22 CHCs; 79 PHCs; and 285 SHCs under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). While construction work is apace on 18 CHCs, 48 PHCs and 26 SHCs, buildings of one CHC, 30 PHCs and 55 SHCs have been constructed. With a view to equipping CHCs, PHCs and SHCs, a sum of R33.11 crore has been earmarked under the State Plan, and R10 crore under the NRHM.

He said that another major initiative taken by the state government involved construction of poly clinics in the urban estates of HUDA. Work on 36 such clinics is nearing completion. Besides, three trauma centres are fast coming up in Ambala, Panipat and Yamunanagar under the Central Government scheme of providing emergency care on national highways.

Determined to provide quality healthcare to all segments of society, the state government has launched several innovative schemes. These include free medicines for all OPD and emergency patients; referral transport services for quick transfer of patients to the nearby hospitals; fixed-cost surgery packages; promotion of institutional deliveries for the safety of mothers and children etc.

Resultantly, the number of OPD patients has gone up in the state by 20.8% in 2010 over 2009. Institutional deliveries have increased to 74.03%as compared to 49% in 2006.

He said that PGIMS Rohtak was being up-graded and three new Medical Colleges, at Khanpur Kalan, district Sonepat; Nalhar, district Mewat and Karnal, were being set up.