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Kerala: Centre Grants Rs 100-Crore Incentive To Health Department

he central government has decided to grant incentive to the state government for its achievements in the health sector. The decision was conveyed to the state government by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan in his letter to the state government.

The incentive would be 10% of the existing grants to the state from the Centre for the health sector, which would come approximately to Rs 100 crore, a statement from the office of health minister K K Shailaja on Friday said.

The Union minister also added that a continuing commendable performance in the sector would invite more incentives in the coming years too, the health minister’s statement added.

The state’s performance in the health sector was decided on the basis of the Niti Ayog’s index report that includes the functioning of health and wellness centres, inclusion of districts on the basis of national mental health project, screening of population-based lifestyle diseases, implementation of human resources information system, improvement of functioning of primary health centres in rural and urban areas, etc.

The state had put up a commendable performance based on all these criteria when compared to the other states. Shailaja said that the state was implementing the mental health programme in all the districts and the infrastructure of all the district hospitals were of high standards.

She said that as many as 170 primary health centres had been upgraded to family health centres and another 504 centres were chosen for upgradation.

She said that the commendation by the Centre was a recognition to the various programmes being implemented by the state government in the health sector. – TOI

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