Regional (M.P & C.G)

Chouhan Calls for Better Medical Assistance in Rural MP

Bhopal  —  Reviewing activities of Public Health and Family Welfare Department in the state capital on Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan underlined the need to extend  less expensive and easily available medical facilities to the common man in the state.

Chouhan stressed on the urgency to make effective arrangements for treatment in government health centres, especially those located in rural areas.

He directed department officials to formulate integrated scheme in place of various existing schemes for providing assistance to the common citizens for treatment of serious ailments.

He highlighted the need to make Rogi Kalyan Samitis more effective and called for the early submission of comprehensive report on the proposed Mukhya Mantri Bal Aarogya Yojana, to combat the infant mortality rate in the state.

During the review, the Chief Minister stressed the need for filling up the vacant posts of doctors along with the paramedical employees and consented to the recruitment of nursing staff.

Health Secretary, SR Mohanty informed that the 13th Finance Commission has approved the provision of Rs. 250 crore for development of health infrastructure in the state. Similarly, a further Rs. 20 crore have been sanctioned for the establishment of a neo-natal care unit under the central assistance scheme.

The National Rural Health Mission has also sanctioned a Rs. 670.50 crore project submitted by the state for the year 2009-10.

Discussions were also held on introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme in the state.

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