Health panels for Assam
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- Published 30.09.08
Guwahati, Sept. 30: Dispur will institute eight-member health and sanitation committees for each of the state’s 26,000 hamlets on Friday to extend medical cover to the entire state.
Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said each committee would function as a “first contact” point for medical aid for the villagers and as a medium to create awareness on sanitation and health schemes of the government.
The inaugural function will be held at Sarusajai and each committee will be given a one-time grant of Rs 10,000 to kickstart the project.
The village ward member will be the chairman of the committee, while the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) from the village will be the member secretary.
Sarma said the committee’s office would be turned into a mini health centre. The grant will be increased next year. The committee will conduct a meeting every month.
The state government will also launch awards for the best civil hospital, the best district in terms of vaccination programme, best district in terms of implementation of the National Rural Health Mission programme and best district in terms of institutional delivery. Each award will comprise a certificate and trophy. This year’s best civil hospital award will go to Tinsukia Civil Hospital, while Kamrup district will bag the best district for vaccination award.
Sivasagar will get the award for the best district in terms of institutional delivery and Bongaigaon will get the best NRHM district award.