To improve healthcare in Haryana, the State government has sought ₹810 crore from the Centre. The State has submitted the budget for Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) and the fund will be used to launch key vertical programmes, which include mental health and healthcare of the elderly persons in the State, said Rao Narender Singh, Health Minister of the State.
Out of the total amount, a sum of ₹188 crore has been proposed for new vertical programmes as National Mental Health Programme, National Programme for Healthcare of Elderly , National Tobacco Control Programme, National Oral Health Programme, National Programme for Prevention, and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, he said.
Under PIP, the other initiatives proposed include construction of four Maternal and Child Health Wings at Sirsa, Narnaul, Jhajjar and Ambala; Preconception Care Package; Infant Young Child Feeding counselling centres and Kangaroo Mother Care room, the minister added.
He also said with maternal and child healthcare programmes being implemented in the State, health index has shown considerable improvement. “The mother mortality rate has been reduced to 146 from 186 in 2004-05. Similarly, infant mortality rate has been reduced from 61 to 42,” he said.