UP Plans Project to tackle Health issues in Rural Areas: Health Minister

At CII  Summit, referring to Gorakhpur, UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said measures are being taken to plug the loopholes to ensure higher degree of transparency & efficiency 

UP Plans Project to tackle Health issues in Rural Areas: Health Minister

The Uttar Pradesh government is shortly coming out with a project to effectively tackle the health issues particularly in the rural area and the scheme envisages dividing the state  5 clusters for managing the health related issues by effectively deploying the doctors, para medical staff and others, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said at  the CII Medical Technology Summit in New Delhi on Thursday. 
Singh said that the modus operandi of the system would be such that a villager in a remote area can through telephone connect the control centres which will be operational on 24 x 7 basis to explain about the diseases that they are afflicted and the doctors receiving the calls would be prescribing simple medicine. 
“If the ailment does not go away, the doctors will prescribe anti-biotic which would be made available to them. Even then if the disease don’t go away, the patient will be shifted to hospitals at the district centres for further treatment,” he added. 
Singh said that this would be a break through policy change that can bring about radical quality changes in the healthcare system in the state. He wanted the diagnostic centres to get involved in this project for which the tenders would be called very shortly and would be worth Rs 1000 crores.
The Minister said that his government was open to public private partnership in the healthcare segment wherein ideal capacities lie with hospitals and diagnostic centres can be availed by the government and paid according to the CGHS Rates. This will help in ensuring quality health services to the people at low cost.
Referring to the recent incident at Gorakhpur, the Minister said that his government is taking every step for the non-occurance of such tragic incidents.   He assured that every possible steps would be taken to plug the corruption and loopholes in the system to ensure a higher degree of transparency in efficiency in the system.

Earlier, opening the summit, Anupriya Singh Patel, Minister of State for Health, Government of India said that Indian medical technology industry would grow to US $ 14 billion by 2022 from the present level of US$ 1.4 billion riding on the back of unprecedented digital initiatives and focus on manufacturing, particularly electronics equipment.

Patel underscored the importance being assigned to education and innovation in tackling the healthcare needs of the people.  In this regard, she referred to the use of mobile applications and introduction of visual platforms in states like Uttar Pradesh for extending healthcare to maximum number of people especially in the rural areas. By the end of 2018, she assured that there would be radical transformation in the medical technology sector in India wherein India could help cut down imports and also to look at some of the export outlets. 

Mentioning that 100 per cent FDI is allowed in the medical technology manufacturing sector, Patel said that the new medical devices parks envisaged in States like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu etc would augment the production. The Commerce Ministry is also supporting the Health Ministry is setting up medical devices manufacturing units.

About the proposed Medical Devices Bill, the Health Minister said that soon it would become a law creating the much needed single window for clearances related to setting up medical equipment manufacturing units. However, she did not indicate any timeframe when it is going to become a law. 

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