PUNJAB BUDGET: BRAHM MOHINDRA LAUDS CM AND FM FOR SUBSTANTIAL 13 PERCENT HIKE FOR HEALTH SECTOR
- 4015 CRORE ALLOCATED TO THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED IMPETUS TO HEALTH SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEM
- ALLOCATION UNDER NHM IS 18 PERCENT HIGHER AS COMPARE TO LAST YEAR.
- BESIDES ONE AT SAS NAGAR, TWO MORE MEDICAL COLLEGES BE SET UP IN STATE
CHANDIGARH, MARCH 25:
Mr. Brahm Mohindra, Health and Family Welfare Minister showered high praise on the Punjab Government for giving top priority to the Health Sector by earmarking Rs. 4015 crore for the up gradation of Health Care Services in the state. He said that the substantial 13 percent hike in the health budget truly manifested the Punjab Government’s firm resolve to provide the quality and affordable health services to the citizens of Punjab. He appreciated Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab for presenting pro poor, pro farmer progressive budget 2018-19.
The Health Minister in a press communiqué said that with the enhanced outlay for the health sector now the prime duty of the Health Department would be to prompt the accessibility of health care services in the Government Hospitals. “True to the Progressive Vision of Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh special budgetary allocation has been made for the poor and the downtrodden.” He said that Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal has earned all the praise for striking a balance in the budget by making budgetary provisions for all the sectors. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh led congress government is committed to restore pristine glory of Health and Medical Education Departments by providing equitable, accessible and affordable quality health services to its entire population particularly the underserved. The Government is allocating an outlay of Rs.4015 crore during 2018-19 an increase of 13% over previous year budget estimates.
Giving details about the National Health Mission, he said that under the Flagship Programme of NHM, the proposed allocation is also 18 percent higher as compare to the last year’s allocation of Rs.776.63 crore. He said that Rs.914.57 crore is proposed during 2018-19 for up gradation of Health infrastructure, provisioning of equipments, diagnostics and free drugs for the patients.
Health Minister said that undoubtedly it is the beginning of golden era of Medical Education and research as the Punjab Government has decided to set up two more Medical Colleges, apart from one Medical College at S.A.S. Nagar. He also said that a total of Rs. 73.34 crore is being earmarked in the budget for the up gradation of Government Medical College Patiala and Government Medical College, Amritsar. He said that we also propose to upgrade the Government Medical College, Faridkot and Advance Cancer Hospital Bathinda and for this purpose a sum of Rs.10 crore has been earmarked.
He said that in order to facilitate tertiary health care services for the patients suffering from the cancer, Punjab government has decided to construct a State Cancer Institute at Amritsar with the cost of Rs. 39 crore, and a Tertiary Cancer Care Centre at Fazilka costing Rs.45 crore.
“In a bid to provide immediate care to victims of accidents, State Government propose to build Trauma centers on the important highways for which initial budgetary allocation of Rs.20 crore has been made in the budget”, he said.
He added that the soon Government would also set up new hospitals at Doraha in Ludhiana and Ghanour in Patiala, and upgrade the existing Civil Hospital, Bathinda on priority basis.