Himachal Pradesh excels in health indicators: Kaual Singh Thakur
Author(s): City Air NewsShimla, March 18, 2016: Himachal State Government has opened several health centres to provide quality health services to the people of the state at their door step. Besides availability of para-medical staff various...
Shimla, March 18, 2016: Himachal State Government has opened several health centres to provide quality health services to the people of the state at their door step. Besides availability of para-medical staff various other important facilities have also been provided in these health centres in the state. Due to which Himachal Pradesh has been able to excel in health indicators in the entire nation.
Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said this during the 11th National Conference of Society of Indian Human and Animal Mycologists organised by Department of Microbiology of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla at Kufri.
Health Minister said that Himachal Pradesh on an average covers a population size of 2990 persons as against 5615 persons at the national average. Similarly, one PHC in the state serves 12921 persons while the national average is 34641 persons and one CHC in Himachal serves 80208 persons against the national average of 1.72 lakh persons. He said that in terms of manpower, the statistics of the state are better than the national averages. He said that there was one doctor for every 3703 persons in the State against 12391 people at national level. He said that we are spending Rs 26,000 per person in health sector which was the highest in the country.
Shri Thakur said that the Chief Minister in his recent budget speech had announced introduction of the " HP Universal Health Protection Scheme". He said that this scheme would cover all those people of the State who are not covered under the RSBY and the "Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme" or other medical reimbursement scheme.
Health Minister said that though the state has better health indicators yet the state was continuously striving with the burden of emerging and re-emerging diseases which virtually reduce to naught the good progress made in this sector. Communicable diseases are being outpaced by non communicable diseases like diabetes, cardio vascular diseases, cancers and other giant killer of communities.
While speaking on the fungal infection, Minister said that commonly encountered fungal diseases in the State are sporotrichosis, dermatophytosis, fungal eye and nose infection. He said that that the State Government has made several efforts to address the fundamental challenge surrounding fungal infections in the state. The Public Heath machinery would provide diagnostic, management and treatment facilities of the fungal infections which complete with tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS. He said that surveillance mechanism would be established to provide the definitive data for assessing and monitoring fungal infection in the state.
Health Minister said that the State Government was committed to include the common fungal disease component in planning, budgeting and human resource development at primary, secondary and tertiary level of health care, which would help in providing the state of art facilities of International standards in the field of mycology to the people of the State.
Later, the health Minister also released the souvenir.
President International Society of Human and Animal Mycologists Dr. Malcolm Richardson, Former Secretary and Director General, ICMR Dr. V. M. Katoch and Director Medical Education, IGMC, Shimla Dr. S.S. Kaushal Principal IGMC Dr. K.P. Chaudhary, President SIHAM Dr. Arun Chakroborthy also spoke on the occasion.
Chairman, Organising Committee SIHAM, Professor Anil Kanga and Former Director General ISIHAM Dr. V. N. Katoch welcomed, while Dr. Digvijay Singh proposed a vote of thanks.
Delegates from across the country and abroad participated in the conference.