Recently the news about sanctioning `22,507 crore National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) from the Union Cabinet has received much appreciation from the healthcare fraternity. As the focus is on addressing healthcare challenges in towns and cities, it is reported that the mission will be implemented in 779 cities and towns with more than 50, 000 population and cover over 7.75 crore people. Under the scheme, Government proposes to set up one Urban Primary Health Centre for every 50,000-60,000 population, one Urban Community Health Centre for five to six urban Public Healthcare Centers in big cities, an Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANM) for 10,000 population and an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) (community link worker) for 200 to 500 households. The interventions under this sub-mission will result in reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), universal access to reproductive healthcare and convergence of all health related interventions.
The Government of India has launched Special Immunisation Weeks to vaccinate every eligible child of India. Four weeks, with one week each in the months of April, June, July and August will be used to hold special immunisation sessions in high-risk areas across the country. For this, the year 2012-13 was declared as Year of Intensification of Routine Immunisation. Intensification efforts saw the expansion of Pentavalent vaccine to six more states in India after successful introduction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
To keep up the pace of development, we thus have taken views of T C Benjamin, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Department, Govt of Maharashtra in the May issue of eHEALTH. The interview is a good reference to know all the healthcare initiatives running in the state. In addition, this issue has interview of A K Mahapatra, Director-AIIMs, Bhuvneshwar. Also we have covered the first Public Health University that was recently launched in Odisha. Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha has spoken about the objective behind the initiative and its future plans.
The eHEALTH May issue has interviews of several infamous cardiolologists who have shared their insight on the advancements happened in Indian Cardiology sector. The story on Health Insurance Claims Management is a fresh thought; it has too included updates that have happened in utilising IT in different claim management services.
Hope this issue too will be useful for you, happy reading!