Strongly advocating for reforms in government health sectors in the state, Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij said that 84 hospitals of the state would be accredited by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health care Providers (NABH) for providing national level facilities. Therefore, a MoU would soon be signed. This project would cost about Rs 1,000 crore.
Vij was replying to a question during the ongoing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He said that the health infrastructure in Haryana would be completely transformed and if needed, he would seek help of World Bank. He said that he is determined to completely reform the Health Department.
Vij said that the facility of houses would be provided to a maximum number of doctors and other employees in hospitals so as to ensure their presence in hospitals. The state government has taken many steps to improve sex-ratio, including the decision to give Rs one lakh as cash award to those who inform about involvement of a doctor in the heinous crime of female feoticide. If any innocent doctor gets caught, he also has the opportunity to appeal against it.
The Health Minister said that while the previous Congress government had spent Rs 200 crore on advertisement of No. 1 Haryana, but for a long time it kept allocating only two per cent of the Budget for Health Department. Therefore, the condition of healthcare services provided at hospitals became pitiable and patients had to face many difficulties. But with the efforts of the present government, maximum number of people are being provided with improved healthcare facilities. He added that now even 217 indoor patients have been treated in 100-bedded hospitals.
Vij said that the present government has decided to upgrade all hospitals and increase the number of beds. Therefore, Rs 3,917 crore budget has been allocated for 2016-17 as against that of the year 2015-16 which was Rs 2,857 crore. This shows an increase of about 37 per cent. In reply to a question raised about Rania area, he said that the state government was preparing a detailed report on healthcare facilities being provided at all Primary Health Centers, Community Health Centers, sub-division level hospitals and district hospitals. This also includes hospitals in Rania area. After the formation of present government, Rs 2.25 lakh have been spent on the repair work of Rania hospital and Rs 25.80 lakh to establish Maternal and Child Health (MCH) care wing in hospital at Rania.