The scheme aims at renovating government hospitals, constructing separate toilets for men and women, well-stacked pharmacies besides improving the qualities of basic amenities.
Expressing his concern over the poor implementation of national health schemes, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha said that though the Central and State governments were committed to ensure primary healthcare for the poor, lack of awareness about govt schemes was depriving a majority of beneficiaries from having access to healthcare.
Speaking after launching the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) scheme – an extension of National Rural Health Mission – at a programme organised by District Health Society, Mysuru, Simha pointed that the outreach of health schemes introduced by both Central and State governments was less than 40 percent.
Quote: “Realising the lack of awareness about its health schemes, the Central Government has directed department-wise review under the chairmanship of MP to assess the situation. The government has also extended the National Health Mission to urban pockets, realising the need for healthcare in those areas as well. The condition of people leaving in slum areas was found to be worse than those living in rural areas.” – Pratap Simha, MP, Mysuru-Kodagu Constituency
Mysuru has a population of 9,85,968 of which 2,114,82 people live in slums, very much vulnerable to health-related issues.
The MP called upon the councillors to ensure effective usage of 21 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) that cover all the 65 wards under Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and encourage additional PHCs based on requirement. “All you need to provide is space and the rest will taken care of by the central government,” he told the councillors.
Simha further said that it was a collective task comprising governments and its officials to ensure effective implementation of health schemes in the larger interest of the underprivileged section of the society. He also called upon people who were Above Poverty Line (APL) to benefit from Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana Scheme and Vajpayee Arogyashree Health Scheme that provide medical reimbursement of up to 1.5 lakh.
MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa; Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna; former mayors Lingappa, Ayyub Khan, Purshottam, Srikantaiah, Rajeshwari and District Health Officer Dr Basavaraj were present.
MP Pratap Simha speaking after launching the NUHM scheme in Mysuru.