Giving Healthcare Extra Armour
Lucknow: The COVID pandemic in many ways brought out the chinks in armour of the health sector in the state. From a virtually crippled system to now finally back on track, the health sector is taking giant strides to serve patients in a better manner. Doctors have to live with greater discipline, greater facilities are also required among a mushrooming of opportunities. In its fresh initiative, the government has talked of chalking out a time-bound strategy to transform health sector in the state. As India celebrates Doctor’s Day, the health department is working to equalize the ratio of doctors and nurses over a span of the next two years.
Currently, doctors far outnumber nurses in the state. It plans to build world-class hospitals on international and interstate borders. Yogi government plans to build seven 50-bedded hospitals in Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Ghaziabad districts, 25 primary health centres in Varanasi, Ghazipur, Meerut and Mirzapur & 23 community health facilities in Gorakhpur, Pratapgarh and Ghazipur.
It seeks to provide health insurance cover to the auto drivers, health ‘sakhis’ and Anganwadi workers under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Also has an ambitious target of providing dialysis and CT scan facilities in all 75 districts.
In five years, it aims to bring down maternal mortality rate of the state from 167 to 100; infant mortality rate from 41 to 28; neo-natal mortality rate from 30 to 20 and total fertility rate from 2.4 to 2.0. The government also seeks to eradicate tuberculosis.