Centre’s help needed for better medical facilities to pilgrims
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has sought the help of Union government for providing better medical facilities to the pilgrims of the Char Dhar Yatra.
On Tuesday, Rawat met the union health secretary, Preeti Sudan at CM residence and held discussions on strengthening the health system of the state.
He told Sudan that lakhs of pilgrims belonging to different states of the country visit Uttarakhand during the Yatra season and the state government is committed to provide better health and other facilities to them.
Rawat said that the Uttarakhand government is also working on a plan to ensure health services to the pilgrims who would visit the state during the ‘Kumbh’ slated to be held in Haridwar in the year 2021.
He said that the union government should provide monitory support to the state for providing health services to the pilgrims during the Char Dham Yatra.
Rawat also hoped that the union health ministry would also arrange the services of the Cardiologists to the Char Dham Yatris. He suggested that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) Rishikesh can provide the Cardiologists to the Char Dham Yatris. He also made a plea that the union government should provide financial support to the state government for starting the Air Ambulance services for the pilgrims coming from different parts of the country and abroad.
The CM opined that the union government should increase the flexi fund available under the National Health Mission (NHM) so that the people of Uttarakhand get better health facilities. He said that the union government should provide additional funds to the state for strengthening medical colleges in Uttarakhand. Rawat expressed gratitude to the union government for providing help to the state for increasing the fleet of the 108 emergency ambulance service in the state.
The union health secretary Preeti Sudan said that the AIIMS, Rishikesh has more than 75 percent of the required faculty which is a very encouraging thing.
She said that the AIIMS Rishikesh has received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the union government for expansion. Sudan said that it would help in increasing facilities in the AIIMS, Rishikesh.
She underlined the importance of strengthening the health and wellness centres in Uttarakhand.
Sudan opined that the public sector is needed to be strengthened to ensure that better health care facilities are provided under Atal Ayushman Bharat scheme.
The secretary health services Uttarakhand Nitesh Jha, Mission Director NHM Yugal Kishore Pant and Additional Director NHM, Dr Saroj Naithani and others were present during the meeting.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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