Commendable progress made in rural health: official

February 27th, 2011 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has shown a commendable progress in its sixth year in creation of infrastructure and human resource for health, officials said Saturday.Releasing the Fourth Common Review Mission (CRM) Report 2010 of the mission, Health Secretary K.Chandramouli said that a huge human resource has been added to the NRHM in the last year.

“Nearly 8 lakh accredited social health activists (ASHAs) have been engaged, 1,572 specialists, 8,284 MBBS doctors, 26,734 staff nurses, 53,552 auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), 18,272 paramedics employed on contract basis and a total of 16,338 primary health centres (PHCs), community health centres (CHCs), and other sub-district facilities have been made functional on 24 x 7 basis,” he said.

Chandramouli however said that there was need to increase the absorption capacity for funds and address the challenge of entire gamut of infectious and chronic diseases.

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