25 Feb 2014

Health Facilities in Minority Concentration Areas

National Health Mission (NHM)
National Health Mission (NHM) aims to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care services. 

Funding support under NHM is provided to the States/UTs to strengthen their health systems including for creating infrastructure.

 Enhancing human resource for health and strengthening logistics in order to reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality and control of communicable and non- communicable diseases.

Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) special focus has been on 18 high focus States including 8 Empowered Action Group States.

Further, to ensure equitable health care and to bring about sharper improvements in health outcomes, at least 25% of all districts in each state have been identified as High Priority Districts (HPDs) based on a composite health index. 

These districts would receive higher per capita funding, enhanced monitoring, focused supportive supervision and have differential planning norms.

If any minority dominated district also has poor health indicators, it would also be included as an HPD and receive higher per capita funding and focused supportive supervision.

There is no evidence to suggest that health and welfare facilities are less in minority dominated areas in comparison to other areas.

This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. 

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