LUCKNOW I FEBRUARY 15
The Centre has finally sent its approval for UP’s Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), making the schemes effective for only two months this financial year.
The approval came earlier this week, with budgets approved for only the last quarter of the financial year.
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The NUHM had got the Union Cabinet approval in May 2013 and the proposal was sent by Uttar Pradesh for Centre’s approval in October last year.
Uttar Pradesh had proposed a plan for Rs 359.66 crore, of which, a budget of only Rs 73 crore approximately has been approved.
“The approval for the PIP of National Urban Health Mission has come earlier this week, however, the amount approved is less than the proposed budget,” said Praveer Kumar, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. Kumar said though the approval has come quite late in the year, the schemes under the mission would be carried forward in the next financial year as well.
From the next financial year, the PIP for NUHM and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) will be combined and sent for Centre’s approval.
Under the NUHM, focus is to provide health services to urban poor, mostly dwelling in slum areas. While UP has an urban population of 4.44 crore, people living in urban slums are around 1.19 crore.
An Urban Accredited Social Health Activist — ASHA (community link worker) is to be recruited for every 200 to 500 households. Thus, around 2,000 ASHAs will be recruited in these two months. OPD services in district hospitals, provided during the morning hours, will also be extended during the evening times, said a senior official.
The Urban Health Posts are to be upgraded as Urban Primary Health Centres (U-PHC) under the mission. The state has 231 such posts running under NRHM whereas another 142 posts are funded by the state government.
“The Centre has sent approval for upgrading urban health posts in 83 urban areas, including 75 district headquarters and other areas with more than 1 lakh urban population. This is to be done in the current financial year, however the areas are yet to be decided,” said the mission official. For this, recruitment of doctors and paramedics is to be done on contract basis, he said.