TN unveils Rs 2,857 crore health programme to meet global standards

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has launched the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme (TNHSRP) in Chennai. The Rs 2,857.03 crore scheme will be implemented with funding support from the World Bank.

The programme aims at achieving result-oriented outcomes in healthcare delivery. It has set a five-year target of improving quality of care, strengthening the management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) and injuries, and reducing inequities in reproductive and child health services.

On the occasion, state health minister C Vijaya Baskar received Rs 14.77 crore – the first instalment of the proposed Rs 1999 crore – from World Bank country director Junaid Kamal Ahmad.

Under the project, money is disbursed by the financial institution based on the results on predetermined health outcomes. The new scheme would focus on early detection, treatment and prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure, cervical and breast cancer besides priority in mental health and trauma care.

The Programme aims at achieving result-oriented outcomes in healthcare delivery and over a five-year period, aims to improve the quality of care, strengthen the management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) and injuries, and reduce the inequities in reproductive and child health services in the State. The total cost of the programme is ₹2,857.003 crore, of which ₹1,999.902 crore is being funded by the World Bank.

Palaniswami said that through the project, the State which is already a leader in healthcare in India, aims to provide healthcare on par with developed nations. He said facilities in government hospitals and primary health centres will be enhanced, ambulance services upgraded and a suicide prevention hotline will be set up.

“By 2030 we want to reduce maternal mortality rate in the State, which is already low compared to the rest of the country, to 30,” he said.