November 11, 2013
WB Govt. pulls in funds for boosting health sector
Soon after the Fair Price Medicine shops in West Bengal were declared as a national model, the Central Government has been forced to announce schemes for the West Bengal Health Sector, thanks to the progress made by the state government in this sector.
Three medical colleges in West Bengal are slated to be upgraded soon; the proposal got a clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Government of India. Rs 150 crore has been earmarked for each of these institutes. Out of this, the Centre will pay Rs 120 crore and rest of the cost will be borne by the West Bengal government.
Incidentally, improvement in Health Sector had been a main agenda of the Trinamool Government.
Already Sick New-Born Care Units (SNCUs) have been increased from 6 in 2010-11 to 34 in 2012-13. Sixteen new SNCUs are being established in the year 2013-14. 127 Sick New Born Stabilization Units (SNSU) were established in the state after the new government was voted to power. 173 new SNSUs are in the pipeline for the year 2013-14. Sanction orders have been issued for establishment of 11 Mother and Child care Hubs (MCH) in 2012-13.
After Poriborton, West Bengal is truly moving towards securing health for all, despite the stark absence of infrastructure in the state.