New Delhi: Sustained improvement in diseasecontrol programmes, specially tuberculosis, and perceptibleimprovement in rural health care are the highlights of theUPA-II`s report card in the health sector. In the `Report to the People` released here today byPrime Minister Manmohan Singh, the government said, during2009-10, more than 36,000 village health and sanitationcommittees were set up, over 1,300 facility-based Rogi KalyanSamitis were formed and over 53,000 accredited social healthactivists (ASHAs) were selected and trained.
The report said all disease control programmes have shownsustained improvement, adding, there was reduction inmortality due to malaria, kala-azar and dengue, as well asreduction in the incidence of filarial infection. Regarding tuberculosis, a cure rate of 87 per cent hasbeen maintained, while the case detection rate has increasedfrom 70 per cent in 2007 to 72 per cent in 2009, it said. The document mentions the scheme for augmenting nursingpersonnel by setting up 269 new auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM)and general nurse midwife (GNM) schools in backward andunder-served districts of the country, which has been startedat a cost of around Rs 2,000 crore. This will create additional capacity of 16,000 trainednurses annually, it said. Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana(PMSSY), work orders have been issued for the medical collegecomplex for six AIIMS-like institutions, taken up under thefirst phase, the report said. For promoting alternate systems of medicine, a modifiedscheme for mainstreaming of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha andHomoeopathy has been sanctioned and is under implementation ata total cost of Rs 675 crore. As part of this mainstreaming activity, 2,368 doctors and2,184 AYUSH paramedic staff were appointed during 2009-10. The government says in the report that the H1N1 pandemicwas also managed effectively. More than one crore in-bound passengers were screened atinternational airports, new laboratories for testing H1N1cases were established, the drug Oseltamivir was supplied tostate governments free of cost, and vaccines were imported andsupplied to state governments for vaccinating health workers,it said. -PTI
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