With the aim of equipping Uttar Pradesh with the best health services and facilities, the Yogi Adityanath government has prepared a comprehensive plan to upgrade government hospitals in the state and the implementation of this extensive plan has already begun.
In addition, continuous efforts are being made to ensure that the benefits of the National Health Mission and the PM Health Care Schemes reach the maximum number of people in UP.
The state government has stepped up efforts to complete projects related to the Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) and the 15th Finance Commission.
According to Chief Minister Yogi’s intentions, the Medical Health and Family Welfare Department has initiated preparations to complete projects related to PM-ABHIM and the 15th Finance Commission.
To ensure the fulfillment and inspection of these projects, agencies will be selected as dedicated project management units, and the department has invited applications through the Request for Proposal (RFP) medium to complete the selection process.
Under the National Health Mission, work is being done on various projects related to PM-ABHIM and the 15th Finance Commission in the state. Work is underway for the construction and operation of a total of 17,788 Ayushman Bharat Health Wellness Centres in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya. Similarly, in urban areas, the construction and operation process of 11,044 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres is going on.
In high-focus states, including Uttar Pradesh, the process of providing assistance and grants to 3,382 block public health units is also underway. Similarly, work is going on projects like critical care hospitals, integrated district public health laboratories, monitoring the spread of infectious and communicable diseases and the integrated health information platform (IHIP).
It may be mentioned here that a total of Rs 9,715.74 crore is being allocated by the Central government to Uttar Pradesh in the five years between the financial years 2021-22 to 2025-26 for the completion of all these projects. In this regard, applications have been invited from various agencies through the RFP medium by the National Health Mission, UP in Lucknow. The agency selected will be responsible for establishing and operating the project management unit at the department’s headquarters, facilitating the swift identification, inspection and operation of ongoing projects across the state.
The agency that will be included in the support of NHM-UP’s project management unit will have huge responsibility. During the contract period, it will be responsible for monitoring the physical progress and quality control of services provided by partners under the Indian government/NHM-funded construction activities.
It will also need to develop monitoring mechanisms and reporting templates for oversight and reporting on the physical progress and quality of services. Besides, the project management unit will need to develop a systematic process for coordination, field visits, information technology-based monitoring portals and dashboards, as well as data collection and presentation.
In this regard, appropriate manpower must also be deployed, including a team leader, a quality specialist, a state-level civil engineer, a geographic information specialist, a hospital planner, a microbiology specialist, a pathologist, a design and architecture lead, two IT experts, an electrical engineer, six data analysts and monitoring-evaluation experts, a finance specialist, and 18 division-level civil engineers and system specialists.