The government will allocate INR 1,360 billion (USD 34.50 billion) for healthcare in the 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12), up from INR 450 billion in the previous plan, said Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. He also said that the government will introduce a ‘health smart card’ under the National School Health Programme for every school-going child. The child will be screened annually for health problems relating to vision, hearing, heart, diabetes and anaemia and other parameters. The information will be fed into the smart card database. This programme he said will be a public-private partnership. Ramadoss announced that INR 15 billion will be earmarked for the National Blindness Control Programme under the 11th Plan.

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