Haryana government has decided to sign a MoU with a Central Government agency who would evaluate the shortcomings in the hospitals in the state. Based on the evaluation, the hospitals would be upgraded as per the norms of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare (NABH). This was stated by Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij
Vij, who was addressing the media persons in Meet the Press program organised at Chandigarh Press Club in Chandigarh on Thursday, said that state government had decided that all new hospitals coming up in the state would adhere to the norms of NABH so that the state residents could get world class health services in government sector.
Vij, who counted on the steps taken up by the state government to improve health facilities in government sector, however admitted that health had never been a priority sector for any government in the past. He admitted that despite his efforts the budget on health was quite low. It was just two percent of total state budget in the past and had been marginally increased in last budget presented by his government. In states like UP, it was 12 percent, he said.
Talking about various initiatives taken during his tenure, Vij said that steps were being taken to start a special counter for senior citizens in all the hospitals who would not need to stand in queues for their registration as staff would be deployed in these corners to properly guide and help them for any kind of treatment at these institutions.
Besides, government is utilising technology as a tool to ensure all kind of services to improve the functioning of health department. The government has also made a provision of video conferencing for recording the evidence of doctors in civil hospitals, Vij informed.
Vij said that the present government had increased the budget of health department from Rs 2897 crore to Rs 3916 crore for current financial year. With the consistent efforts, the number of patients in OPDs in hospitals has increased by 15 per cent. In addition, government has also decided to set up at least one MRI and CT Scan facility in all districts so as to ensure economical facilities in government hospitals. The same facility has already been installed in nine districts. The Government is also installing a dialysis machine under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in every district and work has already been allotted for 14 districts. Process for setting up of Cath Lab in four districts is being undertaken.
Vij said that Haryana government is introducing an online system of patients as per which online data of all patients visiting government hospitals would be prepared. It would be accessible in every hospital of the state. The government was making a provision to give lab test report by SMS alert to patients. Government had also decided that 84 hospitals in the state would be given accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). These hospitals included primary health centre, community health centre, Sub-divisional hospital and district hospitals.
With a view to meet the shortage of doctors, the Minister said that about 300 medical officers have been recruited by the present government. The Government is going to recruit more doctors in the state. In addition, a separate cadre of specialists is being made in the department so as to ensure all kind of heath care services to the patients.
Highlighting the transfer policy of the department, Vij said that a permanent transparent transfer policy would soon be rolled out for doctors and other staff of the department. A software had been developed for the same.
Vij said that government is actively considering to open atleast one medical college in every district in the state so as to match the number of doctors as per the guidelines of World Health Organisation. At present, eight medical colleges were functional in the state. The Government will open three government medical colleges in Panchkula, Jind and Bhiwani. In addition, Dera Sacha Sauda has also agreed to set up a medical college in Sirsa. The SGPC is also setting up a Medical College in Shahbad as the present government has resolved all its issues. The SGPC has sanctioned Rs 104 crore for completion of building of this medical college in Shahabad, he added.
In reply to another question, he said that there was severe discrimination in recognising the achievements of sports persons during the regime of previous government. “We have collected all such cases and these would be put up before the Chief Minister for policy decision”, he added.
Anil Vij has said that state government would enact State Sports Council Act to accord statutory status to the Council and further promote sports activities in the state. Vij said that after the enactment of the Act, there would be a sports body at state, district and sub-division level which would coordinate and maintain all affairs of sports in the state.
He said that sports activities in the state are being promoted in a big way. The budget of the department has been increased to Rs.313 crore from Rs 288 crore in the current financial year. Apart from new sports policy, Sports Authority of Haryana has been set up on the pattern of Sport Authority of India. In addition, Adventure Sports Academy has been set up to promote adventure sports in the state. With a view to promote traditional games, he said that government has decided to organize national wrestling championship on March 23 every year. Similarly, government has also decided to organize Rashtriya Kabaddi Pratiyogita on the birth anniversary of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay on September 25, every year.
Vij said that Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh would jointly organise national program of International Yoga Day in the capital here on June 21. As many as 10,000 yoga performers (sadhak) of Haryana would perform yoga with Prime Minister on this day.
Anil Vij has said that the issue to declare cow as the national animal in the country is being discussed with Central Ministers.