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Government plan on health infrastructure in offing

The State Government has decided to formulate a model plan for development of health infrastructure and strengthening of hospitals and health institutions.

Published: 04th August 2013 11:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2013 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

The State Government has decided to formulate a model plan for development of health infrastructure and strengthening of hospitals and health institutions.

Reviewing the progress of infrastructure development projects in the health sector here on Saturday, Health Minister Damodar Rout asked senior health officials to visit all the health facilities in the State and assess their requirements and scope for expansion. On the basis of their reports, steps would be taken to devise a model plan for executing the works in a uniform and organised manner, he said.

About Rs 123 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose in 2013-14. There is a requirement for construction of 1580 health sub-centres while the work is in progress at 1863 such facilities. There are around 6,688 sub-centres.

Of them, 3245 have their own structures.

Out of 1,227 Primary Health Centres (PHCs), 1,136 have their own buildings while construction of 62 is underway. Another 29 PHCs would be built during the current year.

Provisions would be made for expansion and upgradation of 5,108 sub-centres this year.

Rout emphasised on improving the conditions of the hospitals which are the first touch points for patients brought in by the 108 ambulance service that is set to cover all 30 districts by the end of this year. The hospitals should be equipped with all facilities so that patients can get immediate medical attention without having to be referred to other hospitals.

Under the NRHM programme, Rs 3248 crore has been spent on strengthening and upgradation of 32 District Headquarters Hospitals, 22 sub-divisional hospitals, 366 CHCs besides the PHCs and sub-centres since 2005, mission director, NRHM, Rupa Mishra said.

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