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New Delhi, Nov 1 : India and World Bank have signed a US$ 40 million health project in Meghalaya seeking to improve the quality of health services and strengthen the state’s capacity to handle future health emergencies.
“All 11 districts of the state will benefit from the project. It will also benefit health sector staff at the primary and secondary levels by strengthening their planning and management capabilities and building their clinical skills. The project will enable women to better utilize healthcare services at the community level,” Union finance ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The project will help strengthen the effectiveness of Meghalaya’s health insurance program known as the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) which currently covers 56% of the households. With its merger into the national Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), MHIS now plans to offer a more comprehensive package and cover 100% of the households.
This will reduce barriers to accessing hospital services and preventing catastrophic out-of-pocket costs for poor families.
The project will invest in infection prevention and control for a more resilient response to future outbreaks, pandemics, and health emergencies.
As improved health services may also lead to an incremental increase in bio-medical waste, the project will invest in improving the overall ecosystem for bio-medical waste management (both solid and liquid waste).
“It will include segregation, disinfection, and collection while safeguarding the environment and improving the quality of health service and patient safety,” the official statement said.