Dr Mansukh Mandaviya has emphasised the need to utilize the Central funds in a timely manner so as to speed up the implementation of people-centric health services at the grassroots level and strengthen health infrastructure.
Union health and family welfare minister underlined that the cooperative and collaborative federalism between the centre and the states would build a multi-tier health infrastructure network.
Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya was interacting virtually with the State Health Ministers of States/UTs to review the implementation of flagship schemes. The agenda was to review various projects under the National Health Mission (NHM), Emergency Covid Response. Package (ECRP)-II, Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) and 15th Finance Commission (XV FC) grant.
His focus was also on the progress of the National COVID19 Vaccination Campaign and especially precautionary doses under the Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav. He said “Let’s ensure through meticulous planning and regular review that not even a single dose of vaccine is overdue”
Dr Mandaviya strongly urged the States/UTs to accelerate the coverage of precautionary doses among the population aged 18 years and above under the Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav on FEFO (First Expiry First Out) principle to avoid vaccine expiry. To date, 12.36 crore precautionary doses have been administered. He underlined the need for “careful planning and regular review” so that not a single dose expires.
The Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), one of the largest pan-India initiatives to strengthen healthcare infrastructure has an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore over six years (to FY 25-26). The mission aims to build an IT-enabled disease surveillance system for effective detection, detection, and prevention, by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels.
Constituted in November 2017, the 15th Finance Commission has the mandate to recommend measures to increase consolidated funds of states for the financial year 2020-25. Central Government accepted the 15th FC grant of Rs. 70,051 crores for local governments with 37% (Rs 26,123 crore) of the total funds allocated for urban health and 63% (Rs 43,928 crore) for rural health.
‘India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II (ECRP-II Package)’ Rs. 23,123 crores was approved by the Union Cabinet on 8th July 2021. It aims to accelerate health system readiness for immediate response.