Talking to reporters in Shillong, Health Minister AL Hek said, “The health department under the chairmanship of the principal secretary had sat for the meeting and discussed about the health budget so now they are preparing for the health budget and definitely we are coming with the good amount of the budget from the state Government also for the benefit of the people at large, looking at the importance of the health of the people of our state.”
Right from the Principal Secretary Sampath Kumar to the District Medical and Health officer level, everyone is working on the budget as the main focus remains on the benefit of the people.
Stating that the health sector budget estimate is yet to be made, Hek said, “With this new budget we can do more better on the strengthening of the health care in the state of Meghalaya….. even as the up-gradation of the health care facilities we are doing now also with fund from the World Bank and prior to world bank also we have received the fund from the tribal affairs Ministry where we have already upgraded and strengthen few PHCs, CHCs and also the sub-centers in our states.”
Asked about the thrust area of the Government, Hek said, “We have so many areas like cancer which is one of the big issues that our state is facing, if we talk about the dialysis problem, a lot of Dialysis infrastructure, facilities have to be in place to help our people.”
“As you are aware that the cancer is an expensive treatment so many people have not been cured, they have sold property due to treatment of cancer patients and other challenges so to curb these challenges the Government is preparing the road map, how to fight these all kind of ailments to help our people,” he said while stressing on the need for infrastructure development.
Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2021, in which she proposes a 137% hike in the health and well-being sector.
Reacting to the Union Budget, the Health Minister said, “The whole situation that is happening during the COVID time really appreciates the Government of India for taking a bold step for enhancing the National budget on the health department, giving importance to the health department.”
“ It shows that the Government of India is very concerned about the life of the people of our country, because of the reason they have given focus and importance to the health department,” he added.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a new centrally sponsored scheme for the healthcare sector in Budget 2021 on Monday.
The ‘PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana’ will be launched with a total outlay of Rs 64,180 crore over a period of the next 6 years.
Sitharaman said that the scheme will focus on developing capacities of healthcare systems, develop institutions for detection and cure of new and emerging diseases.