Centre working in convergence with Kerala govt to benefit masses: Health minister

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Mansukh Mandaviya | Photo:PTI

New Delhi: The Centre is working with the Kerala government to benefit citizens through several initiatives, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said Saturday, as he attended the inauguration of a super speciality block at the Government Medical College in Kozhikode.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the central government has accorded special focus to the holistic development of Kerala based on the mantra of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishvaas, Sabka Prayaas", the minister said.

"The completion of this super specialty block set up under phase-III of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, is an excellent example of this vibrant cooperative federalism among the Union government and the state government," he said.

Mandaviya attended the inauguration virtually. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was present at the event, a health ministry statement said.

The Union minister highlighted that "dynamic collaboration among Centre and states, along with medical infrastructure is crucial for strengthening the medical infrastructure cross the country as these are crucial pillars of healthcare security. It forms the foundation of ensuring universal healthcare in the country".

Talking about the new surgical super speciality block, Mandaviya said it would not only cater to the tertiary healthcare needs of Kozhikode but also of neighbouring districts, the statement said.

Having an area of 2.57 lakh square feet, the super specialty block is set up within the college campus with a project cost of Rs 195.93 crore -- Rs 120 crore as central government share and Rs 75.93 crore as state government share.

The seven-storey hospital has 500 beds, including 190 ICU beds, along with 19 modular operation theatres and equipment like C-Arm, MRI, CT scan, CSSD and multi organ transplant facilities, the statement stated.

This will add facilities for five surgical super specialty departments, emergency medicine and anaesthesiology among others, it added.

The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) envisages the creation of tertiary healthcare capacity in medical education, research and clinical care, in the underserved areas of the country.

So far, setting up of 22 new AIIMS and 75 projects of upgradation of GMCIs have been approved under the scheme in various phases, the statement said.

Focussing on the widespread positive changes happening in the health sector over the last nine years, Mandaviya said, "To ensure holistic healthcare among the masses, the government has launched various initiatives. One such being the world's largest health assurance scheme Ayushman Bharat with focus on secondary and tertiary healthcare. Government of India is also working in convergence with the state government of Kerala to benefit the citizens in primary healthcare through Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness centres (AB-HWCs)."

To leverage the technological prowess of the country, the health minister said the "government launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission to ensure equitable and accessible healthcare by enabling national portability of healthcare services and records and other interventions among other steps".

Mandaviya also stated that "consequentially, as of March 2, 2023, 71.33 lakh individuals have been verified in Kerala and a total of 48.4 lakh hospital admissions amounting to Rs 4,580 crore have been authorised under the scheme in Kerala."

"This has made Kerala one of the best performing states last year under this scheme," he added.

Mandaviya also informed about the ongoing celebrations of Jan Aushadhi Jan Chetna Abhiyan. He said the government's vision has been to provide accessibility and affordability of quality medicines. "This is now being achieved through more than 9,100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country."

He appreciated the widespread participation by the government of Kerala in the Jan Aushadhi Diwas, and said this will not only benefit the poor but also the middle class. PTI

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