Staff Reporter

First phase of PPP initiative in health sector

  • State to pay 75 per cent cost, private parties the remainder
  • A total of 350 applications received

    BHUBANESWAR: Corporate houses, mostly facing public resistance in their project areas, were in the forefront in evincing interests in managing manage 60 Primary Health Centres (PHC) in Orissa.

    The State Government recently floated expression of interest to manage PHCs by private agencies in the first phase of Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative in health sector.

    As many as 41 industrial houses, including Posco-India, Tata Steel, Vedanta Alumina, Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL), Bhushan Steel, MESCO and Aarti Steel, had forwarded their application to manage PHCs to come closer to people, official sources said. Industry body Confederation of Indian Industries also showed interest in the endeavour.

    While three central PSUs such as NTPC Ltd, Rourkela Steel Plant and Hindustan Aeronautic Limited applied to take over PHCs, three banks, including IDBI, ICICI and State Bank of India were in the race. A total of 350 applications were received from non-government organisations, industrial houses and other private agencies, sources said.

    Being implemented under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the PPP will also be extended to 120 health sub-centres of the State. As per the guidelines, the State Government would pay up to 75 per cent of management cost while the remainder has to be mobilised by parties either from their own fund or other endowments.

    Innovative projects

    The private agencies, responsible for managing a PHC, would recruit staff, including doctors. As per the concept note of PPP model, the agencies would take up innovative projects, including community health insurance, awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS, raising herbal gardens, appointment of AYUSH doctors, health management information system and improving community participation in future.

    The State Government is now operating about 1200 PHCs and 6000 health sub-centres. The PHCs, which were going to be handed over to private agencies, are selected in distant pockets of the State.