Ranchi, Aug. 11: The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) for addressing healthcare issues and needs of the urban poor will be launched in Jharkhand in September.
State health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh told The Telegraph on Sunday that his central counterpart Ghulam Nabi Azad would officially launch the programme in the state next month. Besides, the Union health minister will inaugurate a super-speciality wing of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on the occasion.
The NUHM aims at meeting health needs of urban poor, particularly slum dwellers, migrated labourers, marginalised urban populace and others belonging to the disadvantaged strata of society.
Introduced as a sub-mission of National Health Mission, NUHM will cover all the district headquarters as well as areas under the urban local bodies at one go.
The Centre’s fund share for the project will be 75 per cent, while the rest will be borne by the state. In Jharkhand, the programme will be implemented in the urban areas of 22 districts.
Singh said the scheme would function almost like National Rural Health Mission, with the only difference being that NUHM would cater to the needs of urban poor.
Going by the Centre’s proposal, there should be a health mission, health society and directorate, along with district urban health programme committees for proper implementation of the scheme in the states.
In Jharkhand, the existing management system under Jharkhand Rural Health Mission will be strengthened to run the new project.
Singh said, “A state-level orientation workshop for implementation of the project has already been conducted in June. The districts have been asked to provide programme implementation plans (PIP) latest by August 20, after which the Centre will be requested for fund allocation.”
As part of the scheme, the government proposes to set up an urban primary health centre for a population of 50,000-60,000.
There will be a provision of an auxiliary nursing midwife for a population of 10,000 and an accredited social health activist for 200 to 500 households. The urban public health centres will run from noon to 8pm.