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India – Over 100 health centres to be set up for urban poor

State Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas on Wednesday announced the launch of Urban Health Mission, a first of its kind initiative in the country, to provide healthcare to the urban poor of Gujarat.

The Urban Health Mission is being fully funded by the state government under which 102 Urban Health Centres would be set up at various nagarpalikas,” said Vyas. He added, “Under the Rs 360-crore project, there would be one UHC for every 50,000 population; an outreach centre for every 10,000 population; and a health worker called USHA (Urban State Health Attendant) for every 2,000 population.”

The first stage of the mission has already begun and 11 UHCs have been set up, he said, adding that the state has also decided to include children requiring kidney transplant and suffering from physical disability under the State Health Programme.

“We have also decided to provide computerised health card to all school children during the Gujarat golden jubilee year.  These cards would be like smart cards having details of the children,” he added.  Vyas said it will be extended to urban areas also shortly.  Under the SHP last year, over 1.36 crore children from over 49,000 schools and 43,000 anganwadis were covered, he said. Over 18 lakh children were treated on the spot during health check up camps and 1.4 lakh children with weak eyesight were given spectacles.  Vyas said the government has also developed plans to promote ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine in the next 12-18 months at the cost of Rs 304 crore.

Source – http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Over-100-health-centres-to-be-set-up-for-urban-poor–Vyas/650125

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  1. July 23, 2010 at 4:42 am

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