Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: The process for planning has been decentralised in Haryana under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Village Health and Sanitation Committees (VHSCs) have been involved in formulating need-based plans at village level, said State Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Health) Urvashi Gulati here on Monday.

She disclosed that Village Health and Sanitation Committees had been formed in 3,670 villages and action plans for nine districts formulated through the decentralised planning. These districts are Gurgaon, Mewat, Faridabad, Narnaul, Rohtak, Sonepat, Kurukshetra, Jind and Bhiwani.

The VHSC had been identified as the core group at the village level which would play the crucial role of being involved in the planning process and help in community-based monitoring when the district plans are implemented, she said, adding that these district action plans had been prepared after getting information about villagers' needs. The goal was to ensure that the schemes percolated to the grassroots level and benefited the people.

Ms. Gulati said that the endeavour was to establish a decentralised State- based system of surveillance for communicable and non-communicable diseases so that timely and effective public health action could be initiated.

The targeted diseases include malaria, cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, measles, polio, plague, HIV and unusual syndromes. It also covered accidents, water quality and outdoor air quality.

Ms. Gulati said a State public health laboratory had been set up in Karnal while 20 district laboratories and 64 other laboratories established at various places under this programme.

And 2,987 personnel had been trained in the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.