Special Correspondent

“Medical equipment worth Rs.41.67 crore to be supplied to various units”

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed Khan on Thursday announced an extension by two years of the World Bank-sponsored Rajasthan Health Systems Development Project, which is slated to end on September 30.

Mr. Khan said here that the project had set “high standards” in policy reforms, strengthening of infrastructure and expansion of health care facilities in the desert State. It is in operation at 28 district hospitals, 23 sub-district health institutions, 185 community health centres and two primary health centres across the State.

The five-year project was launched on July 21, 2004, with cost projections of Rs.472.58 crore. Against the World Bank’s share of Rs.396.86 crore, the State Government contributed Rs.75.72 crore to the project.

Mr. Khan said a review team of the World Bank had recently expressed satisfaction over the project’s implementation and approved a proposal to extend it for two years. The decision will especially facilitate completion of works in the health sector announced by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in his State Budget speech this year.

The Minister said medical equipment worth Rs.41.67 crore would be supplied to the burn units, trauma units and intensive care units under the project this year, while a number of other works for repair of hospitals and strengthening of infrastructure would be taken up in the months to come. The works such as introduction of online health management information system and drug logistic system, establishment of a State Resource Centre, creation of a revolving fund for repair of medical apparatus and improving the skills of doctors and para-medical staff are proposed to be launched during the project’s extended period.