Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced a slew of measures to reform the Indian healthcare sector, as part of her 5th address this week on how the country would invest a package of worth Rs Rs 20 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
In an endeavour to boost healthcare infrastructure, the government will be increasing expenditure for public health and pushing investments to ramp up the health and wellness centres in rural and urban India, said the Minister.
Other reform measures announced by the minister include creating different block for infectious diseases in all district hospitals, strengthening of labs and surveillance networks of the country by integrating public health labs in all the districts, encouraging research in the health sector via ICMR, implementing National Digital Health Blueprint.
Providing information about how the government has spent to tickle Corona crisis, she said, “Rs 15,000 crore have been announced for states, essential items, testing labs and kits, along with rolling out of tele consultation services, the launch of Aarogya Setu application and protection to health care workers with adequate PPEs.”
Major health reforms: In nutshell
- Public expenditure on health will be increased
- Investments in the grassroots levels will be ramped up in urban and rural areas
- All districts will have infectious diseases hospital blocks
- Integrated public health labs in all districts and blocks
- Encouraging research by National institutional platform for one health by ICMR
- National digital health mission will be implemented