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CCEA approves financial support for non-communicable diseases, e-Health

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of the implementation of the Tertiary healthcare programmes for non-communicable diseases and E-Health up to 2020 with an outlay of Rs 2551.15 crore.

Mar 1, 2019 17:26 IST
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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the continuation of the implementation of the Tertiary healthcare programmes for non-communicable diseases and E-Health upto 2020 with an outlay of Rs 2551.15 crore.

The cabinet has approved the continuation of the implementation of the following Tertiary healthcare programmes:

a) Strengthening of Tertiary Care Cancer facilities Scheme

b) National Program for Health Care of the Elderly

c) National Program for Prevention & Management of Trauma and Burn Injuries

d) National Program for Tobacco Control and Drug Addiction Treatment

e) National Mental Health Program

f) National Program for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment

g) Program for Strengthening of e-Health and Telemedicine Services

Objective

The main objective of the umbrella program of tertiary healthcare is to provide support for the creation of tertiary care health facilities in the areas of cancer diagnosis and treatment, care for the elderly, trauma and burn injuries, drug dependence, mental health and blindness & visual impairment. It also aims at digitisation of health sector.

Besides this, the tertiary healthcare programmes aim to create the required infrastructure at the tertiary level.

They also focus on the creation of centres of excellence which shall serve as Institutes to set standards and undertake research in these fields and aim to help in the creation of trained manpower in these programs for the country.

Significance

Under these programmes, Tertiary care treatment will be further strengthened to meet the ever-increasing patient load.

Key Highlights

The programs are aimed at strengthening of tertiary level healthcare facilities for treatment through capacity building in terms of both infrastructure and human resources.

There would be considerable direct and indirect employment generation both for technical and non-technical professionals in the country.

The interventions of the government for health care at tertiary level in the above-mentioned areas are aimed at improving access to good quality and affordable healthcare facilities through support for infrastructure development, equipment, strengthening capacities of healthcare professionals engaged in the delivery of services and awareness generation.

A number of facilities for tertiary healthcare in the areas of cancer diagnosis & treatment, health care for the elderly, trauma and burn injuries, drug dependence, mental health, blindness and visual impairment have been approved over a period of time.

The support to these facilities will be continued keeping in view the need for ensuring the availability of such functional facilities in different parts of the country.

In addition to this, setting up of four new State Cancer Institutes will also be supported.

Background

The Tertiary Care Programs for non-communicable diseases and e-Health are ongoing programs of the department of health and family welfare, ministry of health and family welfare which complement and synergize with the ongoing programs and schemes of the department for implementation of various activities up to the district level.

While primary and secondary health care needs are being addressed under the National Health Mission, the tertiary level activities are taken care of through Tertiary sector schemes.

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