‘Only half the funds provided to the States being spent'
The high infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in the country was because the Centre's initiatives to address the issue were not reaching the targeted sections, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad has said.
IMR and MMR in India were worse than in neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Only half the funds provided by the Centre to the States were being spent on immunisation programmes and other initiatives.
“We can improve the situation if at least 90 per cent of the funds reach the targeted section,” he said.
The Minister was speaking after unveiling a plaque to mark the foundation-laying ceremony for the Karnataka Lingayat Education Society's (KLES) proposed 500-bed KLE Charitable Hospital here on Saturday.
Mr. Azad said allocations to States for implementing the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) were increased from Rs. 18,000 crore to over Rs. 20,000 crore in the 2012-13 Union Budget, with the aim to take healthcare to people in rural areas.
The private sector could play an important role in the healthcare sector by not only funding medical education but also providing healthcare services to those in need.
The Minister as well as the former Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University S.G. Desai were felicitated by KLES chairman Prabhakar Kore, MP.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were See Ching Mey from Universiti Sains Malaysia; Suresh C. Angadi, MP; Sanjay Jaiswal, MP and chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Family Welfare under the Union Ministry of Health; Feroz Sait, MLA; KLE University Vice-Chancellor Chandrakant Kokate, and KLES secretary S.S. Urabinavar.
Earlier, Mr. Azad inaugurated the new postgraduation block and library at KLES' B.M. Kankanwadi Ayurveda College at Vadgaon, and another building constructed to house the centre of the ‘Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) – KLE International Medical School/ Programme' and a pathology museum at J.N. Medical College.
Allocations to States under NRHM to be increased to Rs. 20,000 crore Foundation-laying ceremony held for KLES's charitable hospital
Allocations to States under NRHM to be increased to Rs. 20,000 crore
Foundation-laying ceremony held for KLES's charitable hospital