Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma praised the budget presented in the Rajasthan Assembly on Wednesday as an exceptional budget for overall development. He said with the budget dedicated to health will fulfil the dream of a ‘Healthy Rajasthan’.

Dr Sharma said many innovations have been announced in the budget for health. “We will be presenting a unique example in the country by bringing the State Health Bill to provide Right to Health for all,” he added. Dr Sharma called the Universal Health Scheme with a cost of Rs 3500 crore in coming years as phenomenal from the health point of view. Facility of cashless treatment will be provided under this scheme.

The Health Minister said that with the opening of Nursing Colleges in the remaining 25 districts, all the districts in the State will have Nursing Colleges. He also welcomed the opening of Public Health College at all the divisional headquarters. He said that increasing the number of Chief Minister Free Diagnostics from existing 15 to 61 tests at Primary Health Centres and 133 in District Hospitals will directly benefit the general public. He also welcomed the announcement of opening 30 new PHCs at places including Dataramgarh (Sikar), Siwana (Barmer), Sapotara and Katori (Hindaun) and Karauli; for upgrading 50 other PHCs, for upgrading 40 Community Health Centres to Trauma Centres, for opening new CHCs and for upgrading sub-district hospitals at Shahpura (Jaipur) and Fatehpur (Sikar).  

Dr. Sharma also welcomed opening Ayush Research Centre at Ajmer; setting up a department for arthritis and paediatrics department at the Medical College in Jodhpur and increasing the number of beds to 300 at Paota. He called expansion in medical facilities at SMS Medical College in Jaipur and opening of Regional Cancer Centre at Jodhpur as very useful for the people of the State.

He said that along with giving Right to Health for every person in the State, emphasis has been given on strengthening the health infrastructure. In the budget, apart from allopath, focus has been kept on Ayurveda too and it has been targeted to develop 1000 hospitals in the State. This will provide support to traditional and alternative medical system in the State. Besides this, unani and homeopathic chambers will be set up along with life support ambulances at the medical colleges in the state. Unani and Ayurveda Colleges will be opened at Jaipur, Bikaner, Bharatpur etc.

The Health Minister said that a strict message has been given in the budget to the people involved in adulteration. Announcement of making Directorate of Food Safety has been made in the budget to carry out ‘Shudh ke liye Yudh’ campaign regularly, which will prove very important. He said that announcement of Rs 5000 and certificate to person saving life in road accidents under Jeevan Rakshak Scheme will help the accident victims to get immediate medical facility.


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