Uttarakhand is unable to spend even the entire budget of NHM
Health and wellness centers did not open according to the standards of the Center
Uttarakhand’s health in the health ministry report
NITI Aayog’s report of Uttarakhand’s poor performance in the health sector is a major setback for the Trivendra government. The concern of the government has increased with the report being 2017-18. On one hand, the government is making claims that there has been an improvement in health services in the state, but on the other hand, the number of Uttarakhand has declined sharply in the poll report.
The reality is that the health department does not spend the budget of crores of rupees received under NHM every year from the Center. This has raised questions over the monitoring arrangements of higher officials for implementing health plans. The Health Ministry has released the Health System Strengthing Conditionally Report of all the states under the National Health Mission.
Numbers are given based on the work done in the health sector in the states on seven parameters, including the NITI Aayog report. In which Uttarakhand performed very poorly. There is a huge shortage of doctors in the state. About 700 posts are lying vacant. In the report of NITI Aayog, it was found that out of 2700 posts created in the state, only 900 doctors are posted.
At the same time, the state was rated the worst in opening health and wellness centers under NHM and operating according to standards, deployment of doctors and paramedical staff in government hospitals, developing information systems. The Health Ministry report has shocked the system claiming better health facilities in the state.
Following the Health Ministry report, officials have been instructed to review. The NITI Aayog report is a year old, after which doctors were appointed in the state. There are currently 22 hundred doctors deployed. Uttarakhand also has 103 percent progress in vaccination. After this, the marks were cut.
– Nitesh Jha, Secretary, Health Department