Health ministry investing more in backward areas: Azad
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 21:12
Chennai: In order to ensure equitable distribution of resources, the Centre is investing more in backward areas, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said here on Thursday.

"It is necessary to ensure more equitable distribution of resources so that poor and marginalised people are provided greater attention in matter of accessing health services," Azad said at a National Rural Health Mission review meeting.

The health ministry is investing more in backward areas and in places which have no access to health care due to difficult terrain, he said.

The minister also urged the state governments to focus on giving priority to the needy while taking up upgrading and strengthening of health infrastructure in their respective regions.

Azad said state health ministers should consider posting post graduate medical students to work in district hospitals, sub-district hospitals and community health centres for a six-month period to meet specialists' demand in those areas.

He also emphasised the need for inter-sectoral convergence between health sector and schemes such as safe drinking water, sanitation, environment education and institutions like local self government, to ensure a holistic approach toward health care.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 21:12

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