Rs. 221.52 crores to State under rural health mission

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will receive Rs. 212.52 crores under the National Rural Health Mission for 2005-06, R. Anbumani, Union Minister of Health, said here on Saturday.

Of this, Rs. 178.43 crores was allotted for reproductive child health and Rs. 34 crores for controlling and treating tuberculosis, leprosy, blindness, vector-borne diseases and the integrated disease control programme.

While Tamil Nadu, which had better human development indicators, received just over three per cent of the total project cost of Rs.6731.31 crores, other states with poor indicators would receive the bulk of the amount and attention would be focussed on them, said Dr. Annbumani.

The NRHM, part of the national Common Minimum Programme of the United Progressive Alliance Government, was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 12. It aims at improving health care delivery throughout the country, especially in rural areas.

The 18 States covered for focussed intervention are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

In the first phase lasting seven years, an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) will be posted in every village in each of the 18 states.

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