India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today during the inauguration of Atal Amrit Abhiyan Scheme in Guwahati pointed out some of the vital issues that Assam needs to focus in the health sector. He highlighted that Assam has an Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of 44 per 1000 against the national rate being 37 per 1000. Also, Assam’s Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) stands at 167 per 1000 against 300 per 1000 in India. Urging the Health Minister and the CM to look at the reports, Naidu said that 30% of the infants below 8 years of age are underweight in Assam.
Speaking on the provisions of the Atal Amrit Abhiyan scheme Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said 1.5 crore people from Assam have been enrolled in Atal Amrit Abhiyan till date and bio-metric cards are issued to them. Also Kiosks are made in each district along with call centers. With a public-private partnership for the scheme, government aims at providing the deprived sections the best and affordable medical facilities.
The scheme provides financial aid up to two lakh rupees for those belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) section in the state. The government also plans for setting up 19 cancer hospitals along with the help of Tata Trusts. Max Health and Apollo are working jointly with the state government on the Atal Amrit Abhiyan scheme.
CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, ‘Government wants to ensure that everyone avails the available government medical facilities whenever required’. Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam praises the scheme as it is cashless treatment provision and that it will infuse affordable and quality treatment. He hopes for a paradigm shift in the medical scenario of the state.