The state unit of National Health Mission (NHM) will for the first time identify facility-wise gap in infrastructure,drugs availability and trained HR as it begins preparing the project implementation plan (PIP) for the next financial year,which is to be submitted to the Centre next month.
The gap identification will be undertaken by the technical support unit in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,which had signed an Memorandum of Cooperation with the state government for working in health sector in 2012-13. According to the state project management unit (SPMU) of the mission,the technical support unit has been working for gap identification at primary and community health centres and sub-centres for the last three months.
PIPs were prepared on the basis of population projection for the health centres and the facilities required. For the first time,we will be visiting each of the health centres up to the 6,000-odd sub-centre level and identify their requirements, a senior official explained.
The district-wise gap analysis and the action plan is being prepared by the technical support unit with emphasis on the 25 top priority districts in the state that lags in health,the official said.
Meanwhile,SPMU officials said the budget utilisation of NRHM in the current fiscal is more than last years. Principal Secretary,Health and Family Welfare,Praveen Kumar,said that as compared to 2012-13,the expenditure is better this year. Against the states proposal of Rs 5,583.2 crore for 2013-14,the Centre had approved a budget of Rs 3,043.87 crore for Uttar Pradesh this year. The state has a total resource envelope – maximum available budget – of Rs 4,504.22 crore for the current fiscal. At the end of 2012-13,the state had an unspent NRHM budget of approximately Rs 1,000 crore.