Staff Correspondent

Rs. 8,207 cr. released for 2006-07 to implement the project

  • Project is to improve health care delivery system in rural areas
  • Four lakh women to work as community-based functionaries

    MYSORE: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to launch several health schemes in the southern States as part of the second phase of the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) launched in 2005 to address the health needs of people in rural areas.

    The project was first introduced in 18 States, including North Eastern and Northern States.

    The NRHM (2005-2013) was launched to improve the basic health care delivery system in rural areas.

    Addressing presspersons during her visit to the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) here on Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaaka Lakshmi said that the second phase of the project would begin soon in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

    "The Union Government has released Rs. 8,207 crore for 2006-07 to implement schemes such as creation of public health infrastructure, upgrading public health centres (PHCs), ambulance facility in villages and so on," the Minister said.

    Ms. Lakshmi said that her Ministry had roped in four lakh women to work as community-based functionaries, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), to assist people in rural areas in accessing health care services.

    "We are giving specialised training to ASHA in health and hygiene and each activist will get a health kit for use during emergency in the village.

    "They are doing a fine job of educating people in rural areas, especially women and children," she said.