Hitting the right notes with the health budget

Hitting the right notes with the health budget

Outcome and miss of budget 2021 with regard to Health Sector

    • Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan packages which include several short-term and longer-term measures.
      • strengthen the health sector.
      • expand the coverage of the pneumococcal vaccine .
      •  Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMANSBY
        • integrated public health laboratories and institutes of virology. 
    • Health Budget-> stagnant allocation for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY
      • Economic Survey says-> 20% decline in the infant mortality rate between 2015–16 and 2019–20
    • 40% hike for the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
  • Production-Linked Incentive schemes 
      • PLI will boost domestic manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 
  • Mission COVID Suraksha
      • It will promote the development and testing of indigenous vaccine candidates. 
      • 92 countries have approached India for a COVID-19 vaccine
    •  Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package
      • providing free foodgrains to 800 million 
    • One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme 
    • The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017
      • Which highlights the close links between health, water and sanitation.
    • Allocation forJal Jeevan Mission (Urban) is too adequate which will provide a good quality water supply.
  • Water contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic increases the risk of developing heart ailments, other stomach issues.
  • States must also increase the spending on the health 
  • According to the Fifteenth Finance Commission States increase expenditure on health to at least 8% of their budget by 2022.
  • One report says ->one out of every 100 Indian children does not celebrate their fifth birthday .

The Hindu editorial

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