New Delhi: The government has decided to take steps to create additional 5,000 postgraduate medical seats per annum, according to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
While presenting the General Budget 2017-18 in Parliament on Wednesday, the finance minister said that to strengthen secondary and tertiary levels of healthcare, adequate availability of specialist doctors is needed. “We have therefore decided to take steps to create additional 5,000 postgraduate (medical) seats per annum,” he said.
“In addition, steps will be taken to roll-out DNB courses in big district hospitals; strengthen PG teaching in select ESI (Employees’ State Insurance) and municipal corporation hospitals; and encourage reputed private hospitals to start DNB courses. The central government will work with the state governments to take these tasks forward,” the minister said.
Jaitley further said, “The government is committed to take necessary steps for structural transformation of the regulatory framework of medical education and practice in India.”
He also announced that two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would be set-up in Jharkhand and Gujarat.
According to the finance minister, the budget also proposes to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to ensure availability of drugs at reasonable prices and promote use of generic medicines.
“New rules for regulating medical devices will also be formulated. These rules will be internationally harmonised and attract investment into this sector. This will reduce the cost of such devices,” added the minister.
The finance minister, in his budget speech, also said that the government has prepared an action plan to eliminate Kala-Azar and Filariasis by 2017, Leprosy by 2018, Measles by 2020 and tuberculosis by 2025.
“Similarly, action plan has been prepared to reduce IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) from 39 in 2014 to 28 by 2019 and MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate) from 167 in 2011-13 to 100 by 2018-2020,” said Jaitley.
He further said that 1.5 lakh Health Sub Centres will be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres.
Health Sub Centre is the first contact point between the primary health care system and the local community in rural areas. Each Sub Centre is manned by one Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and one Male Health Worker MPW (M). One Lady Health Worker (LHV) is entrusted with the task of supervision of six Sub Centres.
Sub Centres are assigned tasks relating to maternal and child health, family welfare, nutrition, immunization, and control of diarrhoea and communicable diseases. Sub-Centres are provided with basic drugs for minor ailments needed for taking care of essential health needs of men, women and children.