Key aspects of Tamil Nadu project may be replicated in other States National Urban Health Mission implementation likely in 3-4 months' time Tamil Nadu is the best performer in the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said. Speaking to press persons after a review of the implementation of the NRHM in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Anbumani said the team from the Health Ministry was very impressed with the State government's performance in the sector. The number of deliveries in PHCs had increased dramatically

A meeting of the executive committee, State Health Society, under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was held here today under the chairmanship of Vijay Kain, principal secretary, health and family welfare, Punjab, to discuss the State Programme Implementation Plan for 2008-09. A Rs 353-crore plan was proposed by the committee. Kain said the plan would be submitted to the Government of India for approval by director, NRHM Punjab, T.R. Sarangal on February 28.

UT Home and Health Secretary Krishna Mohan said that to ensure the implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Chandigarh, resources are being pooled to provide quality services to tuberculosis patients. Mohan said the Executive Committee on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP has become functional. He said that Chandigarh is consistently ranked among the top performing states of the country in the management of the disease. He said that Medical Colleges and other sectors like ESI, CGHS, NGO's and private practitioners have been involved under the RNTCP. He added that services for diagnosing, treatment and referring non-residents to the centres. Mohan also lauded the performance of State Health Society-RNTCP and Chandigarh administration for combating the disease and introducing quality diagnosis and treatment. He said that the Rural Development and Social Welfare departments have been involved for organising medical check-up camps and health melas to create awareness about the symptoms of TB in the slum areas. He added that health education is also being imparted in schools through debates, declamation and painting competitions for information on the symptoms of tuberculosis. Mohan said that nearly 2000 lives were saved since the launch of RNTCP in 2002. More than 12,000 patients have also been treated. Mohan said that there are nearly 116 DOT Centers established for treating TB cases.

Permanent disciplinary board needed: CAG "Budget estimates prepared without any proposals' Encephalitis prone areas not covered by vaccination LUCKNOW: Acute shortage of medical staff, absenteeism among doctors and lack of infrastructure are adversely affecting the delivery of health services to the rural people in Uttar Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General has said.

Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said that a rural health programme is being taken up on a large-scale under the National Rural Health Mission and Rajiv Arogya Sri programme. Inaugurating the three-day health camp being organised at the local JNTU College of Engineering campus on Sunday, the minister said that the government at the Centre was keen on extending medical facilities to people in rural areas on par with urban areas.

Activities of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the State will get a new dimension by the first week of April, with some new components expected to be included in the coming budget. "Preliminary discussions with regard to district-level health plans are under way and so far, 24 districts have been covered as part of the State-level exercise,' according to a senior official. A meeting of health officials of 12 districts was held in Madurai on Friday. The proposals will be forwarded to the government. According to the official, it is for the first time that the NRHM has decentralised its budget planning activity by going to the districts. Stating that a major announcement is likely by April, he says the focus will now include health management. "The NRHM is ready to extend financial support to need-based health projects. But, due to procedural delays in districts, the time taken to release the funds is getting longer,' says another State-level official based in Chennai. A meeting covering the remaining five districts will be held next week. "Till now, health projects were taken up on an ad hoc basis. It will not be the case in future,' the official avers.

Doctors in 12 states went on strike in the first week of December protesting mandatory rural posting. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare came up with the proposal in July. A

The global burden of mental illness is high and opportunities for promoting mental health are neglected in most parts of the world. Many people affected by mental illness live in developing countries, where treatment and care options are limited. In this context, primary health care (PHC) programs can indirectly promote mental health by addressing its determinants i.e. by enhancing social unity, minimising discrimination and generating income opportunities. The objectives of this study were to: 1.

The health sector is on a roll with schemes in place to widen the reach of medical services