With many initiatives including Mukhya Mantri Rogi Kalyan Kosh and a special flexi fund for districts, the State is embarking towards a better healthcare system. The State launched Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojna before Ayushman Bharat. The academic session has also been started in the very first medical college of the State, says Dr Kinny Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission, and Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
Q What steps have been taken to improve healthcare delivery across the State?
The State has launched Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal scheme which is an assurance based scheme covering all citizens of the State. It was launched before Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme. The State Government has partnered with MD India (TPA) for smooth implementation of the scheme. Nine hospitals have already been empanelled across country. Negotiations are going on with other big private hospitals as well.
Then there is Mukhya Mantri Rogi Kalyan Kosh where we provide flexible finances to districts to improve healthcare delivery. Rs 40 crore have been earmarked to be decentralised to districts based on a calculated weightage criteria of OPD attendance, population and available health facilities. Districts can purchase emergency and life saving drugs, hire specialists and improve healthcare infrastructure from this flexi pool.
The Arunachal Government is also working towards implementation of teleradiology services and free diagnostics services in the State.
Q MMUs are considered an effective tool in improvising rural healthcare delivery system. How many such units are functioning in the State?
To bring basic healthcare services to the difficult/far-flung villages, mobile medical unit (MMUs) were introduced in 2007-08 in Arunachal Pradesh. Supported under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), 16 MMUs (3 vehicles model) are running in 16 districts. They are equipped with diagnostics, drugs and required manpower to make people available medical facility on time.
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