Govt. to set up 40 first referral units

Special Correspondent

Scheme to provide aid at the time of delivery to women living below poverty line

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government has decided to set up 40 First Referral Units to provide improved health services, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here on Thursday.

Presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of the State Health Department, he disclosed that these Units would be set up by upgrading Community Health Centres. He stated that 150 doctors and 112 dentists would soon join duties and more such vacancies would be filled up shortly.

The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health, Urvashi Gulati, said that a scheme would soon be implemented to provide financial assistance at the time of delivery to women living below the poverty line in urban slums.

A sum of Rs. 500 would be given in case of delivery at home and Rs.600 in case of delivery at a health institute. The scheme would be implemented through non-government organisations. A similar scheme is already operational in the rural areas. And to provide hygienic and proper medicare at the time of delivery, 500 delivery huts would be set up by the end of current financial year.

She pointed out that a trauma centre was already functioning at Karnal and more centres would be set up at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Sirsa, Rewari and Yamunanagar. Efforts were on to integrate Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homoeopathy to bring these to the mainstream by providing such services at community health centres. The department was strengthening health services in rural areas, she added.

The "Viklap" scheme, which aimed at providing better health care for the under-privileged through public-private partnership, would be expanded to all districts. Steps had also been taken to check the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis.

The meeting was attended by the Health Minister, Kartar Devi, the Parliamentary Secretary, Health, Krishana Pandit, the Chief Secretary, Prem Prashant, the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, M.L.Tayal, and other senior officers.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hooda directed the State Irrigation Department to strictly adhere to the time schedule for completion of the Dadupur-Shahabad-Nalvi irrigation scheme and BML-Hansi Branch-Butana Branch Multi Purpose Link Channel.