Regulator for health sector in 100 days

Written by Corporate Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 6 2009, 04:56am hrs
Amongst the host of steps that the government has decided to include in the primary agenda for the next 100 days, it plans to constitute a super regulator in the health sector to address the shortcomings of the current regulatory set up and also devise ways to fulfill the ever growing demand for health professionals. My government will initiate steps within the next hundred days on the .. (setting up of) a National Council for Human Resources in Health as an overarching regulatory body for the health sector to reform the current regulatory framework and enhance supply of skilled personnel, President Pratibha Patil said in the presidential address to the joint session of 15th Lok Sabha.

The 100 days agenda of the government also envisages submission of five annual reports to be presented by the government as reports to the people on the subject of education, health, employment, environment and infrastructure to generate and facilitate a national debate. The government would work at reviving defunct vaccine producing institutes in the public sector and expand coverage of health insurance to BPL families.

The President said in her address, The National Rural Health Mission has begun to strengthen rural public health infrastructure. The mission will be consolidated to make perceptible reduction in infant mortality and maternal mortality in the next five years. Vaccine producing institutes in the public sector will be revived to support the immunisation programme.

The government will expand the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to cover all families below the poverty line in the next five years. Malnutrition has emerged as a major health challenge needing urgent response. Hence the nutrition delivery programme will be comprehensively revamped to bring it under the watch of panchayat institutions and move to provision of hot cooked meals in anganwadis.