|Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and chief minister Tarun Gogoi at the inauguration in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Sept. 1: The Centre today praised the Assam government’s “remarkable” achievements in the health sector, saying the state could well become a role model for the rest of the country.
“The way the Assam government is executing centrally sponsored and its own health schemes is simply remarkable, and sometimes, unbelievable. Assam is one of the few states in the country which has been successful in effectively implementing schemes under the National Rural Health Mission,” Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said here today.
Assam has bagged four national awards for presenting good health indicators in the categories of institutional deliveries, outpatient services, indoor and surgical services and malaria control in the country under NRHM between 2009 and 2011. The awards were announced in July this year.
Azad, who inaugurated central schemes at Sarusajai stadium here this afternoon, praised both Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for playing a pivotal role in successful implementation of the schemes.
“I have observed that despite availability of a huge amount of funds under the NRHM, some states in the country are reluctant and slow in availing the schemes and implementing them. But Assam is an exception, and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma always comes out with new ideas to implement the schemes,” Azad said amidst resounding applause.
The schemes inaugurated today included national free drugs initiative, national iron initiative, tele-radiology scheme, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, mother and child tracking system, mother and child health special wings in 14 hospitals and national ambulance service (102).
Sarma said Assam would be the first state in the country to implement tele-radiology and start special wings in hospitals dedicated to mother and child health.
The tele-radiology facility will enable a patient to get a CT scan or an MRI done without visiting hospitals with specialist radiologists. On the other hand, 14 hospitals in the country are going have special wings to look only into healthcare services relating to mothers and children.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi attributed Assam’s success in healthcare to the UPA government’s support. He said Assam would continue its health revolution with more initiatives in the days to come.
“The future of the country or a state depends on the health of its general people. We must ensure that the future generations of Assam remain very fit and healthy,” he said.