NUHM to revamp public health infrastructure

The Centre sponsored National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), which will be launched in April 2013, has been given the task of upgrading health infrastructure facilities with an aim to ensure that better healthcare services are provided to citizens.

Speaking after a meeting with citizens on preparing an approach paper for implementing NUHM in the State, Principal Secretary to Health and Family Welfare department Madan Gopal told reporters here on Friday that BBMP health centres in all wards will be upgraded into comprehensive healthcare centres, where both diagnostic and pharmaceutical services will be provided free of cost.

In addition to primary healthcare, diagnosis will be conducted for hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.

The centres will also have multi-purpose counselors to guide people on health issues like HIV-AIDS and maternal care.

“The NUHM’s objective is to ensure basic healthcare facilities to citizens in their community. After its successful implementation in Bangalore, the mission will be extended to other city corporations of the State,” Gopal said and added that the State government will soon finalise the approach paper and send it to the Centre for its approval.

Apart from this, 30-bed hospitals will be set up in all 28 Assembly constituencies (on the lines of taluk level hospitals) with 100-bed hospitals opened in all eight BBMP zones (on the lines of district-level hospitals).

The estimated expenditure of the mission is estimated to be Rs 150 crore, he revealed.
Functioning of the NUHM will be monitored through multi-level committees, including a
State-level advisory committee headed by the chief minister, a steering committee headed by the chief secretary, the Bangalore health task force headed by the BBMP commissioner and ward-level advisory committees headed by local corporators.

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