Arunachal to upgrade health centres: Khandu

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Itanagar, Jan 17 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has accorded the top priority to upgrade all the district hospitals and health centres of the state.

Official sources said here today that the chief minister has directed to equip all the Public Health centers (PHC) and Community Health Centers (CHC), including sub-centers, with sufficient medicines.

Mr Khandu was interacting with Union Health Ministry's special secretary Deepak Gupta, who was on his two-day visit to the state to monitor the progress of the Rs 37.13 crore ambitious multistoried General Hospital project, sources said.

Apprising Mr Gupta of huge anomalies in health and other sectors, Mr Khandu urged him to endorse a copy of various programmes and funds placed by the Centre to ensure proper monitoring of programme implementation.

He also asked for judicious utilisation of Central funds meant for the health sector nad urged the special secretary to suggest efficient agency for supplying medicines to the state.

Mr Khandu also assured state fund in order to avoid supply of outdated medicines.

Mr Gupta also suggested the chief minister to open nursing school in the state and strengthen the existing ones at Pasighat and R K Mission Hospital here.

On total fund allocated by the Centre under National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), the union secretary also informed that the Centre had already sanctioned 23 crore to the state government of which Rs one crore have been allocated to each 16 districts under Rogi Kalyan Samiti.

Mr Khandu urged to provide diagnostic device for dialysis at R K Mission hospital and General Hospital at Naharlagu adding that medical officers should be deputed to undergo training for operating the machines.

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