The financial achievement of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the district for the year 2012-2013 has been 101 per cent, including 152 per cent of fund utilisation in immunisation programmes.
At a press meet here on Thursday, district NRHM project manager T.S. Siddharth said that 98 per cent of the funds allocated for the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programmes had been utilised.
A total of Rs.17.63 crore was the budgeted expenditure for the RCH, immunisation, and time line activities, while the actual expenditure stood at Rs.19. 27 crore, thus reaching the 101 per cent of fund utilisation in total.
The previous year’s funds along with additional funds made up for the additional amount, he said.
Meanwhile, as many as 53 posts, including 24 posts of MBBS doctors, had been reduced under the NRHM in various institutions in the district from 2012-13 to 2013-14.
That includes post reduction of 16 junior nurses, 11 lab technicians, one pharmacist and one radiographer. The shortage had been managed not to adversely affect the NRHM works in the tribal areas, Dr. Siddharth said.
The budget allocation for the current year (2013-2014) is Rs.14.05 crore for the district out of which Rs.7.13 crore had been spent till August.
The district NRHM had also submitted a project worth Rs.1.46 crore for a Primary Health Centre in the municipality.
Seven new sub centres had also been sanctioned at Charal, Olayambadi, Edakkanam, Sixth Mile, Ambilad, Potham Kandam, and Kizhakke Palayad attached to the PHC of the corresponding regions.
An amount of Rs.13 lakh each had been estimated for the construction of building for these sub centres, and 20 per cent of the total amount would be borne by the panchayat.
The remaining 80 per cent would be borne by the NRHM and plots had been donated by individuals at some areas for the building, Dr. Siddharth said.
District Medical Officer in charge M.A. Shaj said the district health officials had conducted an extensive survey in the tribal settlements of Aralam Farm involving health workers, scheduled tribe promoters, and ASHA workers.
As per the report submitted, it had been decided to hold a multi-specialty mega medical camp at the Aralam Farm High School on September 29, Dr. Shaj said.