Ludhiana: Union Budget that was released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday proposes various health initiatives but still many things left unnoticed due to which different health associations are disappointed.
Government proposes to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025. Two more new AIIMS Hospitals will be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat. Importantly government has decided to give Rs 6000 to each pregnant woman.
Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed dismay at the Government’s announcements regarding the health sector in the Union Budget. The Finance Minister has not specified any increase in the overall share to the health sector. He has not made any announcement of Government’s intention to provide comprehensive healthcare to the citizens.
The announcement of Rs 1.5 lakh
health sub centers being transformed into health wellness centers means nothing unless these centers are upgraded which has not been told by the Minister. There is a need to have a sub center for every 5000 population
and this number falls much short of the required number of 2.5 lakhs. He has not said anything about modernizing the district level hospitals.
Giving Rs. 6000- to the pregnant women is also a mockery as the poor women who are already undernourished requires more nutrition not only during the pregnancy but also for coming years of lactation to the new born. This amount is too low. More over it has not been said that it will be unconditional and irrespective of number of
pregnancies because in our society most of the times women do not have decision making power on the number of pregnancies. Increase in the allocation for women and children should have been at least doubled keeping in view the increase in population and inflation.
The announcement of issuing smart card to the senior citizens to monitor their health means nothing without proper budget allocation and increase in facilities for their healthcare needs.
There is no mention as to 5000
PG seats will be added in the government sector or the private sector because the fee structure in the two is much different.
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