Centre inks pact with WB to improve Meghalaya's health infrastructure

The finance minister asserts availability of better and affordable health care facilities to each and every one

In order to improve the health infrastructure in Meghalaya, the Centre and the World Bank have signed a $40 million project. The main objective behind the signature is to improve the quality of health services in Meghalaya including the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Meghalaya Health Systems Strengthening Project will enhance the management and governance capabilities of the state and its health facilities along with expanding the design and coverage of the state's health insurance programme.
In a statement, the finance minister said, "All 11 districts of the state will benefit from the project. It will also benefit health sector staff at the primary and secondary levels by strengthening their planning and management capabilities and building their clinical skills. The project will enable women to better utilize healthcare services at the community level."
The agreement was signed by Rajat Kumar Mishra, additional secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the government of India, Ramkumar S, Joint Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare on behalf of the Meghalaya government; and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.
It will also benefit health sector staff at the primary and secondary levels by strengthening their planning and management capabilities and building their clinical skills.
The project will help strengthen Meghalaya's health insurance programme known as the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS), which currently covers 56% of the households.
Representative image.
Image: Representative image.
With its merger into the national Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), MHIS now plans to offer a more comprehensive package and cover 100% of the households. The project will move towards a performance-based financing system where Internal Performance Agreements (IPAs) between the DoHFW and its subsidiaries would foster more accountability at all levels.
The project will invest more in prevention of infection and will provide a control for a more resilient response to future outbreaks, pandemics, and health emergencies. Improved health services may also lead to an incremental increase in bio-medical waste.
Any improper management of wastes including bio-medical waste and other hazardous wastes such as plastic waste and e-waste poses environmental risks. The project also aims in improving the overall ecosystem for bio-medical waste management.



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