Healthcare in Rajasthan

Vasundhara Raje
Vasundhara RajeHonble Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan

Vasundhara Raje
Honble Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan

The Government of Rajasthan led by Vasundhara Raje has efficiently crossed all barriers to providing comprehensive healthcare services to the people. Elets News Network (ENN) explores Rajasthans active adoption and implementation of the latest technology for the betterment of the healthcare domain

With the various initiatives and schemes implemented by the Rajasthan Government, a poised rise in the health index of the people in the state can be seen. The Vasundhara Raje Government has opened gates for the private players to invest in the state.The Government is working with Public-Private- Partnership (PPP) to provide proper healthcare delivery to improve health conditions of women and child, and improving the nutrition status. Government is going to run a Primary Health Centre (PHC) scheme, Haemodialysis in district hospitals, running CT scan and MRI machine, cancer care units in 17 district hospitals, IVF centre in district hospitals under PPP.

Medical health and medical education has got an increased 28 percent allocation as compared to previous financial year 2014-15. More initiatives were announced including the establishment of eight new blood banks and seven new blood component separation units in the state. Construction of100 new mortuaries and increasing beds from 150 to 250 in Dausa District Hospital, renovation in District Hospital in Baran, construction of 10 natural medicine centres and development of 400 delivery centres was proposed.The Raje Government has allocated Rs 3 crore expansion of Community Health Centre (CHC) in Sirohi, and Rs 10 crore each for construction works in female hospital in Bikaner and establishment of 10 new mother-milk banks. Providing tablets to ANM in one district of each division is also taken care of on pilot basis. Rs 7 crore are allocated for strengthening food testing lab in Jaipur. The Government will also be starting Healthy Rajasthan Campaign, health and hygiene scheme for the adolescent girls. Recently, the state government has launched mobile portable lab in 10 districts to provide free diagnostic services to patients in rural areas. According to the Union Budget 2015-16, a National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research will be setup in the state. Apart from all these initiatives the state government has also inculcated variouse-initiatives in the healthcare sector.

healthThe Government with PPP is working on every aspect to provide proper healthcare delivery to improve health conditions of women and child, and improving the nutrition status in the state. The Rajasthan Government is running various schemes with the support of latest technology such as ASHA Soft, e-Upkaran, e-Sushrut,PCTS (Pregnancy, Child Tracking &Health Services Management System),IMPACT (Integrated System for Monitoring of PCPNDT Act), Saghan Nirikshan Abhiyaan, CHRIS (Computerised Human Resource Information System). The Mukhya mantri Nishulk Dava Yojna (Chief Ministers free medicine) was also initiated by the Government under which patients could get free generic medicines from Designated Drug Distribution Centres (DDCs). Recently, the Government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Trust andAntara Foundation to improve the health status of women and children.

e-Initiatives by Rajasthan Government

ASHA Soft is an online system which facilitates the health department, to capture beneficiary wise details of services given by ASHA to the community. It also provides online payment of ASHA to their bank accounts and calculation of total incentive given will be in accordance with the actual health services provided which will help in strengthening of monitoring & management of physical & financial progress.Under National Health Mission, Rajasthan, the responsibility for preparing ASHA Soft has been assigned to NIC unit of Rajasthan State for the cooperation of which ASHA Soft Core Group has been constituted under the directions of Mission Director which is working on the progress of this software with the coordination of NIC. Till now, the profiles of all the working ASHAs have been prepared along with the work plan. The districts have been oriented on this work plan by Mission Director time to time during VC, Meeting of CM & HOs and PMOs. Bank of Baroda has been selected for online payment which will perform this work without any extra fees. The progress of the scheme is being reviewed time to time by Mission Director, NHM for operationalisation of the software on time. After a trial run with the Bank,ASHA Soft will be operationalise in the month of December 2014.
The e-Aushadhi is a web based application which deals with the management of stock of various drugs,sutures and surgical items required by different district drug warehouses of Rajasthan state. e-Aushadhi helps in as certaining the needs of various district drug warehouses such that all the required materials,drugs are constantly available to be supplied to the user district drug warehouses without delay. This includes classification or categorisation of items, codification of items, etc. The prime objective of a District Drug Warehouse is to supply drugs to the various medical institutes that are associated with the given district drug warehouse.
Pregnancy, Child Tracking & Health Services Management System(PCTS)
Pregnancy, Child Tracking & Health Services Management System is online software used as an effective planning & management tool by Medical, Health & Family Welfare department, Government of Rajasthan.The system maintains online data of more than 13,000 government health institutions in the state.)
Integrated system for monitoring of PCPNDT ACT
PCPNDT ACT is an Act to provide for the prohibition of sex selection, in order to stop female foeticides and arrest the declining sex ratio.The website was launched on October 01, 2012 by the National Informatics Centre (Rajasthan) which helps in monitoring of the form A, form -F and tracking devices fitted in sonography machines atthe registered sonography centres and generates various analytical and geographical reports.It is an intensive inspection drive using technology of all Government district,Subdivision, Community Health Center(CHC), Primary Health Center (PHC) hospitals. PCPNDT
CHRIS Computerized Human Resource Information System
It is an integrated streamlined system to keep the employee data.

HealthcareThe Government of Rajasthan is aggressively promoting Medical and Healthcare sector, also offering an opportunity for the private sector to invest in medical and healthcare institutions(medical, dental and paramedical etc).In order to facilitate the establishment of quality health institutions within the framework of set standards and norms,the Government seeks participation from the private sector for qualitative healthcare delivery. The state has the potential of extending its tourism into medical tourism with its RIPS (Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme)-2014 offering concessions and tax benefits for such investments.

The state government aims to develop complementary and alternative medicine centres, super speciality healthcare institutions to ensure qualitative delivery of healthcare at pocket-friendly cost. The government also promotes development of centres of excellence for medical care,investment of private sector in medical healthcare institutions and support units(diagnostic centres, blood banks and paramedical training institutions), and promotion of medical tourism.

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