The Assam Budget 2022-2023, tabled by state finance minister Ajanta Neog on Wednesday, has accorded immense priority to improving healthcare facilities in the state.
The finance minister, while making a slew of announcements in the health sector, said that the district hospitals in Barpeta, Silchar, Diphu, Jorhat, Tezpur and Lakhimpur would be upgraded to super-specialty hospitals for Rs 3,798 crore.
"Primary healthcare will be enhanced with the establishment of 1,000 Buniyadi Swasthya Kendras and upgrade of 200 sub-centres. New Ayurvedic Colleges will be set up at Dudhnoi and Palashbari while one B.Sc Nursing College/GNM Nursing School will be set up for each medical college," she said.
The minister further proposed to set up three new medical colleges at Sivasagar, Karimganj and Goalpara, along with a super-specialty hospital at IIT Guwahati.
Neog further announced that the construction of medical colleges at Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Golaghat and Tamulpur will start this year.
On the other hand, there will be a dedicated IT portal to be launched for a simplified medical reimbursement process for state government employees"Besides, construction of seven more cancer hospitals " in Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Tezpur, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Darrang districts " will commence within 2022-23.
"The robotic surgery unit has been earmarked for State Cancer Institute, GMCH for Rs 15 crore," she said.
On the other hand, there will be a dedicated IT portal to be launched for a simplified medical reimbursement process for state government employees.
"Empanelled hospitals will be withdrawn so that employees can avail treatment at the hospital of their choice," she said.
The finance minister also announced a scheme, Sneha Sparsh Plus, to cover rehabilitation costs for children suffering from cerebral palsy.
Reacting to the healthcare proposals in the state Budget, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the "new medical infrastructure announced in Assam Budget 2022 will surely go a long way in empowering health and education sectors besides bringing ancillary benefits."