Sonia Gandhi calls for corporate participation in health sector

April 29th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Apr 29 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi today called upon businessmen and corporates to actively participate in the public health sector.

Addressing the annual meet of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, Sonia said that there is a low percentage of corporate participation in public health and steps need to be taken to improvise the situation.

She pointed out that the government’s National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), which has completed two years is still facing implementation hurdles.

“Rural health mission envisages an important role for public-private partnership. It will always be useful to remind ourselves that the very objective of such public-private partnership is the mobilization of private managerial technological, financial resources for public ends and purposes,” she said.

Inviting public-private partnership, Sonia said that the private sector’s managerial skills should work in tandem with the public sector for the benefit of the people.

UPA Chairperson observed that sound rural infrastructure is a prerequisite for having inclusive growth and that there were ‘terrible lacunae’.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is formulating a health insurance scheme for the people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) in the country estimated to be around 250 million.

The government envisages to allocate 894,780 million rupees during the on-going Eleventh Plan for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for five year period. (ANI)

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