This could be the UPA’s worst cut to its beloved aam admi. Healthcare has virtually been handed over to privateers.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has urged Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to sanction a special economic package of Rs 7,565 crore to tide over the difficult financial situation created in the state due to the reportedly faulty recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission.

Virbhadra Singh met the Union minister in New Delhi and drew his attention to the fact that the commission had misjudged and under-assessed committed liabilities of the state government, as a result of which the state received a much less revenue deficit grant.

“Maternal and child health indicate the robustness of our health sector”

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday accorded due appreciation to the fact that the country’s under-five mortality rate has declined much faster than the global average, but agreed that the challenge was to bring down neonatal mortality. Speaking at the inauguration of a national summit ‘Call to Action — Child Survival and Development,’ Mr. Azad noted with pride that there was a quantum jump in the annual rate of decline in the recent past. Also, the decline in child deaths in rural areas and in the States with weak health indicators was both sharp and steady.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will launch a new child health screening and early intervention service at Palghar in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Wednesday.

The initiative, titled Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, under the aegis of the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), aims to provide a comprehensive healthcare package for all children up to 18 years of age. The programme will soon be extended to cover all districts of the country in a phased manner. This ambitious scheme, when implemented, is expected to benefit over 27 crore children.

State To Screen Over 1.95 Cr Children; Programme To Be Launched Tomorrow

Pune: The state health department is set to screen over 1.95 crore children below 18 years of age across the state and provide free follow-up treatments if required through district and tertiary level hospitals as part of a new scheme under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Called the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), the scheme, with an estimated state budget of Rs 130 crore for 2013-14, will be formally launched at Palghar, a tribal block in Thane, on Wednesday.

It will be implemented under the National Rural Health Mission

Well over six crore children in the age group of two years to 18 years living in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, considered the most vulnerable sections of society from the point of view of health care, are the focus of a new health programme called “Aashirvad Child Health Guarantee Scheme” launched here on Thursday. It will be implemented under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Regular health check-ups, diagnosis and treatment of ailments form the core of the ambitious programme of the Samajwadi Party government.

The finalised chapter on health in the 12th Plan document envisages a large role for the private sector in health care.

The state government has decided to dedicate the year 2013 to its daughters as the gap between male-female ratio continues to be wide in some districtsa such as Jammu, Samba and Kathua even though

The GB Pant Children’s Hospital, which is the only hospital catering to children of the Kashmir valley, is setting up a special facility for the undernourished children of the region.

NDC meeting decides to give priority to health sector in Five-Year Plan The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), a programme begun by the Union Ministry of Health in 2005 for the improvement of he