October 20, 2019
Three-fold increase in Bangla’s health budget in eight years
Bangla’s budgetary allotment in health has risen by almost three times over the period of the Trinamool Congress Government, from Rs 3,584 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 9,557 crore for 2019-20. This reflects the Health Department’s emphasis on improving healthcare services.
With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the helm of the department, decisions and actions are taken promptly. As a result, people of Bangla are enjoying a public healthcare service like never before.
There has been a quantum jump in the strength of doctors – from 4,800 (2011) to 11,700 (2019). The strength of nurses has also seen a healthy increase – from 37,000 to 52,850.
Forty-two multi-superspeciality hospitals have been set up across the state with 6,483 paramedics and 30,000 support staff. Tenders have been floated for 27 private nursing schools to boost the number of nurses involved in health services at the various State Government hospitals.
The Swasthya Sathi family health insurance scheme has been a huge success, making healthcare highly affordable for the approximately 75 million people who are covered by it. The scheme entails coverage of Rs 5 lakh per annum.
Bangla is also nationally ahead in terms of system delivery, immunisation and in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates. The government has set up a considerable number of sick new baby units, paediatric intensive care units and trauma care units, along with increasing the number of government hospital beds.
Due to the Health and Family Welfare Department’s accomplishments, the Australian Government has shown interest over how India and Australia can partner in areas of quality remote care, alternate medicines, chronic disease management, critical support expertise, geriatric care, increasing women’s workforce participation as well as high-end research.