Major announcements made in Health Sector in the state budget 2020-21

 Government is focussing on strengthening the health services after an expansion of health institutions network in the State. People of the State have benefitted immensely from ‘HIMCARE’ and ‘SAHARA’ schemes started by our Government. 68 thousand and 222 beneficiaries have been provided health services worth Rs.63 crore under ‘HIMCARE’ and 52 thousand and 922 beneficiaries have been benefitted by availing health services of about Rs.53 crore under ‘Ayushman Bharat’.

Kshay Rog Nivaran Yojana:

 Himachal Pradesh Government is committed to eliminating Tuberculosis ahead of the national deadline. “Kshay Rog Nivaran Yojana”  is being implemented in the State to strengthen the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme. The State was awarded the first prize in the country for excellence in the tuberculosis work last year. State Govt. proposed to increase the diagnostic facilities for drug resistant tuberculosis. The facility of Line Probe Assays Lab, now available only at IRL, Dharampur will be started at Government Medical College, Tanda. Further, to increase nutritional support to Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Patients, Govt. extended the financial help of Rs.1,500 per month under the above yojana to all Multi drug-resistant TB Patients during their treatment period.

 Swasth aur Sashakat Kishoritav evam Matritva (SKM:

The incidence of breast cancer has increased in the State over last few years. This is the only cancer which, if detected early, can be treated with great success. all the district hospitals of the State will be provided with the Mammography facility in 2020-21. Similarly, a programme will be started for prevention and creation of awareness among adolescent girls and women, about the cervical cancer. A detailed work plan will be formulated after considering various aspects for vaccination of girls.New scheme “Swasth aur Sashakat Kishoritav evam Matritva (SKM)” covering both these aspects. 

Government had started the ‘Sahara’ scheme last year. Under the scheme, presently, chronically ill patients are provided financial assistance of Rs.2,000 per month. Out of 8 thousand and 188 beneficiaries registered under ‘SAHARA’ 5 thousand and 580 beneficiaries have already started getting a grant and the remaining beneficiaries will start getting it after verification.Govt.announced to increase the assistance to Rs.3,000 per month.

 People with HIV have to take Anti retroviral therapy (ART) throughout their lifetime, presently, is provided free to all the patients through ART centres. There are six ART centres in the State and these patients have to travel long distance for their continuous treatment. To increase the ART access nearer to their homes, I propose to start ART facilities in three Medical Colleges at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Medical College Nahan, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba and Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College, Mandi at Nerchowk.

State Government is making all efforts to tackle the problem of anaemia. There are many children who suffer from Haemoglobinopathy like Thalassemia or Sickle Cell disease which is a genetic disorder. Govt. proposed to conduct mass screening of all school children in the State for detecting the disorder at an early stage.

Integrated Nirog Clinic

 Govt. proposed to establish a modern Child Health Care Centre in Dr. Rajinder Prasad Medical College, Tanda with Maternal and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit facility with an objective to bring down Infant Mortality Rate in the State. 

  Over 15 lakh population has been assessed for NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) risk factors under Mukhya Mantri Nirog Yojana. To address the increasing demand and to cater to the enhanced load of patients detected after screening, Govt. proposed to open ‘Integrated Nirog Clinic’ in 10 facilities across the State. 

  Till now, free diagnostic facilities for 56 tests are being provided to 11 different categories of patients, govt. extended this facility to all. 

 In order to strengthen the de-addiction and rehabilitation efforts in the State for drug dependants, it is proposed to provide an appropriate grant in aid to the State Mental Health Authority. 
Health department will develop a comprehensive IT based system ‘HIMAROGYA’ whereby unique health ID will be given to all the citizens which will help in providing better facilities to the people. 

courtesy: CMO Himachal Pradesh

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