Among the health department-related announcements made by Finance Minister Kanubhai Desai in his budget speech today, the eye-catching provisions include the construction of a 300-bed district-level hospital near Kamrej in Surat district and near Bavla in Ahmedabad district.
The finance minister has also provisioned Rs. 40 crore to start a Cardiac Treatment Centre in collaboration with U.N. Mehta Institute to provide intensive cardiac treatment at Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surat.
The Health minister said – ‘The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is being implemented to provide cashless health coverage of up to ₹10 lakh to individuals from the middle and lower income groups in 2531 empaneled hospitals in the state. For this scheme, I propose an enhanced provision of ₹3,100 crore for the coming year.’
‘The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute has been established in Ahmedabad to provide medical care to people suffering from a serious disease like cancer. Patients not only from Gujarat, but also from neighbouring states seek medical help in this hospitals. The government has decided to set up a cyclotron project for nuclear medicine and a proton beam therapy center at the cost of ₹600 crore.’
Rs. 100 crore provision has been made for new medical equipment at Govt medical colleges and affiliated hospitals, M&J Inst of Opthalmology and Spine Institute in Ahmedabad. The government has proposed to buy 319 new ambulances under 108 services. Rs. 10 crore provision has been made for expansion of Govt Spine Inst and Paraplegia hospital in Asarwa and establishment of Centre of Excellence for deaf and dumb Divyangjans.
Total provision of ₹20,100 crore for Health and Family Welfare Department
With the spirit of “Sarve Santu Niramaya”, Government is committed to health and quality of life of people. Government has emphasized on strengthening infrastructure facilities in health sector. Government is committed to increase facilities from primary health to specialty treatment and to provide health treatment to people against contagious and lifestyle related diseases. Special attention has been given to health and nutrition of mother and child by emphasizing on maternal and child welfare in the next year budget. A provision of ₹20,100 crore is proposed for next year with an increase of 32.40% as compared to current year budget provision of ₹15,181 crore to improve health and well-being of people of Gujarat through various schemes.
- A provision of ₹3,110 crore for cashless medical treatment up to ₹10 lakh in 2,531 empanelled private and government hospitals under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’.
- A provision of ₹2,308 crore to strengthen facilities including construction and equipment for all health centres under three-tier health system with medical colleges and hospitals.
- A provision of ₹1,000 crore for construction, maintenance and management of G.M.E.R.S. managed medical hospitals of the State.
- A provision of ₹350 crore under ‘Shreshth Gujarat Project’ launched by State Government with the assistance of World Bank at a cost of ₹4,200 crore for strengthening of health facilities and control of non-communicable diseases and other public health problems.
- A provision of ₹100 crore for providing new medical equipment at Government Medical Colleges and its Affiliated Hospitals, M & J Institute of Ophthalmology, Ahmedabad and Spine Institute, Ahmedabad.
- A Provision of ₹76 crore for 319 new ambulances under 108 emergency services to strengthen ambulance facilities in the state.
- A provision of ₹60 crore for purchase of Medical equipment and Infrastructure facility at U. N. Mehta Heart Hospital and kidney Hospital.
- A provision of ₹53 crore to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate and Child Mortality Rate in the State by identifying very high risk pregnant mother, admitting them to state medical college and district hospital, ensuring institutional delivery, stay and intensive care and incentive of ₹15,000 to them and ₹3,000 per beneficiary to Asha Worker.
- A provision of ₹40 crore to start Cardiac Treatment Centre in collaboration with U. N. Mehta Institute, Ahmedabad to provide intensive cardiac treatment at Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surat.
- A provision of ₹10 crore for expansion of Government Spine Institute and Paraplegia Hospital at Medi-city, Ahmedabad and establishment of Centre of Excellence for deaf and dumb Divyangjans.
- A provision of ₹10 crore to build a 300-bed district level hospital near Kamrej in Surat district and near Bavla in Ahmedabad district.
- To modernise Ayush services, Ayurvedic College, Kolavada will be developed as Centre of Excellence. A total provision of ₹482 crore for the dispensaries under ‘Ayush’.
- A provision of ₹221 crore for providing healthcare services to families of more than 15 lakh workers under the Workers’ State Insurance Scheme.
- A provision of ₹87 crore for new district office at Surat for Food and Drug Administration Division.