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Key takeaways for the healthcare sector – Interim Union Budget 2024

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2024 on February 1, an interim budget, just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The full-fledged budget will be presented by the new government that comes to power after the elections.

In the Budget speech Finance Minister said that India overcame challenges of Covid-19 and created foundations for self-reliant India.

Key takeaways for healthcare sector

  • The government will encourage the vaccination against cervical cancer of girls in the age group of 9-14 years for the prevention of the disease. · The health cover under the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be extended to all ASHA and Anganwadi workers and helpers.
  • The government plans to set up more medical colleges.
  • All maternal and child healthcare schemes will be brought under one comprehensive programme for synergy in implementation.
  • Upgradation of Anganwadi centres under ‘Saksham Anganwadi’ and Poshan 2.0 will be expedited.
  • The newly designed ‘U-Win’ platform for managing immunisation and intensification of Mission Indradhanush will be rolled expeditiously throughout the country.

MB Bureau

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