India to spend more on healthcare

The Indian Government has proposed to increase the allocation for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) from INR 8,207 million in 2006-07 to INR 9,947 million in 2007-08 in this year budget. While presenting the annual budget, Finance Minster, P. Chidambaram told that government will emphasis on mother and childcare and on prevention and treatment of communicable diseases like TB and malaria. The Government is planning to start the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)-III, programme in all states. The government has proposed INR 969 million for the AIDS Control Programme, while INR 1290 million for Polio eradication programme.


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