Health sector spending rises 38% – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to achieve a robust healthcare system which was under strain during the Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Odisha has proposed to spend Rs 12,624 crore on public healthcare, marking an increase in 38% (pc) compared to the previous year. supply of Rs 9,164 crore.

In line with the arrangements, the highest amount of Rs 2,664 crore has been provided under the flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to provide universal health coverage to 96.5 lakh vulnerable families with special emphasis on protection of women’s health.

The government has offered Rs 2,325 crore under the “Mission Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Seva” for the upgrading of health care facilities across the state. Apart from this, Rs 514 crore was provided under the social protection program and Rs 652 crore under the strengthening of ancillary services in the health sector. education.

A new program “Mukhya Mantri Bayu Swasthya Seva” has been launched by the state government with the aim of providing free healthcare to patients requiring super-specialized services at district headquarters level in four districts – Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur.

Under this program, senior medical professionals from government medical colleges will fly to these district headquarters with the high-end medical equipment and consumables needed to provide surgical care and consultations. Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said the government is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care at an affordable cost.

“This fiscal year’s budget focuses on building transformative health care facilities in addition to prioritizing spending on health services and medical education. The increased allocation will help develop a robust system to tackle future pandemics,” he added.

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