World Bank to infuse Rs. 352 crore to strengthen health system in Meghalaya

World Bank to infuse Rs. 352 crore to strengthen health system in Meghalaya

Shillong, Mar 16: State Health Minister, A. L. Hek on Tuesday informed the House that the government of Meghalaya has initiated the Meghalaya Health System Strengthening Project (MHSSP) in collaboration with the World Bank which aims to infuse around Rs. 352 crores.

Hek while replying to a call attention motion moved by Mawsynram legislator, Himalaya Shangpliang said that MHSSP is investing Rs. 75 crore in phase manner to upgrade the civil infrastructure in health centre such as the district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Sub Centres.

The Health Minister told the House that a gap analysis was done at the district level in identifying health facilities which require up gradation, renovation and new constructions and these health facilities were mapped based on the different parameters.

These parameters are populations in the areas, time to reach the nearest health facility available, hard to reach areas accessibility, performance indicator of footfall like IPD, OPD, IMR/MMR, institutional delivery and immunization coverage.

Hek told the House, “Based on the above criteria the health facilities were prioritised for up gradation, renovation and new construction.”

The state Health Minister informed that the objective of the MHSSP is to strengthen the basic public health functionality and to improve access to quality health care for the people of Meghalaya.