Haryana Governor Prof Kaptan S Solanki highlighted various steps taken by the state government to improve health infrastructure in the state.

On the first day of the budget session of the state legislative assembly, Prof Solanki said, On health front, the Union Ministry of AYUSH has sanctioned an All India Institute of Ayurved and Yog to be set up in Panchkula District at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. Another prestigious All-India Institute Post Graduate Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy Education and Research is being set up in Deverkhana village, District Jhajjar, at a cost of Rs. 65.98 crore.

A proposal for setting up of a 120-bedded National Research Institute in Unani Medicines by Government of India is also under active consideration. Large-scale up-gradation of health infrastructure and health services has been initiated. This includes up-gradation of health facilities and strengthening them with additional equipment, buildings and other resources, he said.

The mechanism for providing free drugs and free surgeries to the patients visiting government hospitals is being further streamlined. Maternal and Child health services are also being improved. As a result of the efforts made by the government, institutional deliveries have improved considerably and Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Ratio in the state have substantially declined, said Prof Solanki.

In order to fill up vacancies of doctors, process for recruitment of 662 doctors has been initiated and a policy framework is being put in place for increasing the number of specialists in the state. Retirement age of doctors has been increased to 65 years for performing clinical duties. For strengthening infrastructure related to Food and Drug Administration, a State Drug Testing Laboratory at a cost of Rs. 28 crore is being established in Panchkula with support from Government of India, he said.

He said that in addition to the already three functioning Government Medical Colleges, the Government had set up Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College at Karnal, which would become functional from the academic session 2017-18 with 100 MBBS seats. This would strengthen the tertiary health care in the state. The existing 300-bed hospital at Bhiwani will be upgraded to a Government Medical College at Bhiwani under Central Scheme of Up-gradation of the General Hospitals to a Medical College. The state government also plans to set up a Government Medical College at Jind.

The second University of Health Sciences is being set up in district Karnal. It will have all multi-specialties, super-specialties, colleges of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Skill Development Centre for Para-medical courses. The project cost is about Rs 3,000 crore and it would be completed in five to seven years.

To take care of health of people in the socio-economically backward district Nuh, the government is setting up Dental, Nursing and Physiotherapy Colleges in the Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar. The construction of 710-bed National Cancer Institute at village Badhsa, district Jhajjar, is in full swing, and the project will be commissioned in July, 2018.

Three more Institutes of specialized health care, namely; Cardiovascular Institute, National Institute for Infectious Diseases and Paediatrics Hospital will be set up by the Central Government on the same campus. These will help the people of the state to get specialized oncological, cardiac and paediatric care.

The government is bringing out a Nursing Policy to streamline nursing education in the state. Nurses and Nurses Midwife Council is being set up for proper regulation and conduct of examinations in respect of ANM, GNM and MPHW (Male) courses. A Para Medical Board to regulate paramedical education is on the anvil, the Governor added.

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