Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday launched the “Chief Minister’s Health for All” scheme in a function held at the chief minister’s secretariat.
The scheme was announced by the chief minister on the 71st Birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17 last.
Door-to-door health screening will be conducted across the state and Jan Aushadhi medicines will be provided to patients free of cost for primary health care under the scheme. CMHT and Ayushman Bharat health cards will also be issued to the patients having severe and chronic illness, if eligible. The chief inister distributed ASHA+ devices, smartphones and tablets to CHOs, Nurses and ASHA workers for the said purpose in the function.
Screening will be done using a hand-held device known as ASHA+ for 10 non-communicable diseases, viz. Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Ailments, Respiratory Disease like COPD, three common Cancers (Oral, Breast and Cervical), Mental Health problems and Stroke/Post Stroke.
In the first phase, 1628 villages will be selected comprising all 16 districts. These villages will be linked to 118 Primary Health Sub Centres, 29 Primary Health Centres and 7 Community Health Centres.
Biren said the government is putting special focus on certain sectors like health, education, law and order and building up a self-reliant economy. He mentioned that the BJP led government has introduced various welfare schemes under different departments for the welfare of the people like Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), Chief Ministergi Sotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST), School Fagathansi Mission etc.
He said CMHT was launched within a few months after the installation of the present government. To transform and improve the education sector in terms of physical and manpower infrastructure at par with the private schools, the ‘School Fagathansi’ mission was implemented, he added. He mentioned that according to School Education Quality Index released by NITI Aayog, Manipur topped among smaller states in the country.
Biren also announced that ‘Weekly Evening Clinics’ will be opened in three Urban Primary Health Centres viz. Minuthong, Mantripukhri and Singjamei especially for construction workers and labourers. The clinics will be opened from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm daily, he added.
Biren appreciated the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers for their selfless service during the pandemic. He announced that the government would increase the remuneration of ASHA, Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers soon.