The Indian health budget Saturday saw a dip of 5.7 percent with the Narendra Modi government Saturday announcing an outlay of Rs.33,152 crore for the sector, giving special emphasis to the promotion and development of AYUSH, the country's traditional methods of medicines.
The cut in funds for healthcare by National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will be a set back to the progress achieved by the country in this sector, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said Friday.
The Jammu and Kashmir government was paying "extra focus" to the health sector in the state with focus on improving medical facilities, especially in remote and far-flung areas, minister of state for health Shabir Ahmed Khan said.
India and China Wednesday decided to strengthen bilateral cooperation, specially in the fields of maternal and child health, infectious diseases and other emerging health challenges, officials said here.
PM Manmohan Singh has emphasised on greater investment in the health care sector and called a meeting of officials to discuss recommendations of the Planning Commission panel on health before finalisation of 12th five-year plan.
India and Pak have favoured increasing interaction between the two countries in the health sector with Islamabad evincing keen interest in schemes for welfare of new mothers and "novel experiments" like condom-vending machines.