In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, the Yogi Adityanath government has given emphasis on improving the health infrastructure in the state. In this endeavour of 'Health for All', the government has made several budgetary provisions which will not only strengthen the health infrastructure but also provide the latest technology for treatment.
The vaccination drive is already underway in UP and the state is about to enter its third phase. The government, in its budget, has made a budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore for the vaccination scheme for prevention of COVID-19.
Reckoning the National Rural Health Mission budget as an important tool to spread health facilities in rural areas of the state, a provision of Rs 5,395 crore has been made in the budget for it.
Among other budgetary provisions, Rs 1,300 crore is proposed for Ayushman Bharat Scheme, Rs 142 crore for Ayushman Bharat - Chief Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, Rs 320 crore for Pradhan Mantri Matrava Vandana Yojana while a provision of Rs 1,073 crore has been made to create diagnostic infrastructure at primary health care facilities.
In addition to this, a budgetary provision of Rs 425 is proposed for urban health and Arogya centres and Rs 54 crore for strengthening the state drug control system. Besides, a budget of Rs 50 crore has been earmarked for the construction of food and drug laboratories' divisional offices in 12 divisions of the state. A budgetary provision of Rs 77 crore is proposed for establishment public health units at the block level.
A provision of Rs 1,950 crore has been made for establishing medical colleges in 13 districts.
Since the last budget of the Uttar Pradesh government, a special thrust has been given on establishing medical colleges and universities apart from creating better health infrastructure and facilities in the state.
In line with the Yogi government's commitment for having a medical college in each district of the state, Rs 1,950 crore has been proposed for completing under-construction medical colleges in 13 districts including Bijnor, Kushinagar, Sultanpur, Gonda, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Chandauli, Bulandshahr, Sonbhadra, Pilibhit, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat and Kaushambi.
The MBBS courses in these medical colleges are expected to commence in the academic year 2021-22 itself.
Besides, Rs 48 crore has been allocated for the operation of medical colleges in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode in 16 districts of the state. A sum of Rs 23 crore has been earmarked for National Health Digital Mission as well as Rs 960 crore for under-construction medical colleges at Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Siddharthnagar, Deoria, Ghazipur and Mirzapur.
The budget has also provided Rs 175 crore for establishing new medical colleges at Amethi and Balrampur and Rs 100 crore for Atal Behari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow.
A Biosafety Level-4 Lab under the Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases in Lucknow will also be set up.
The budget has also been proposed for setting up diabetic retinopathy treatment centre in King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow as well as at government medical colleges in Prayagraj and Meerut.
The government has also decided to establish an advanced diabetes centre at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow. Besides, there is a proposal to strengthen two government medicine manufacturing units at Lucknow and Pilibhit to supply quality medicines to Ayurvedic and Unani hospitals in the state.