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
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.