Shimla: In the review meeting of progress under various health programmes with Chief Medical Officers and senior health officers, Ali R. Rizvi, Principal Secretary, Health announced that the State Government will set up Blood Storage Units in all Matri Shishu Sewa Kendras (MSSK) centres that have 100 beds or more. He said that regulatory permission was not required to set up these units, however, the concerned health institution would be required to meet the requirements of space, equipment and manpower according to National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) guidelines.

Rizvi said that the Medical Officers from each Primary Health Centres (PHC) would be sent for monitoring and supervision of all the sub centres under their PHC once a week to strengthen and improve the quality of Ante Natal Care for which they would be given mobility charges. Janani Suraksha Yojna benefits would be disbursed during the third trimester and after delivery and in case the beneficiary had already been indicated as SC/ST/BPL family in Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) or Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) no further documentation would be asked for at the time of disbursement, he added. He said that to maximise the Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) benefits to the community, possibilities of private partnership would be explored.

He said that under National Programme for Control of Blindness, option would be given to the beneficiary either to take spectacles from the department free of cost or he/she can purchase the spectacle for which expenditure could be reimbursed to the beneficiary adding that the capping norm would be revised to Rs. 400 from Rs. 200.

Rizvi said that follow up of all the children screened under School Health Programme (SHP) would be done especially for physical disabled children. He said that 100 percent corrective surgeries would be done under SHP and children who were identified for corrective surgeries or disability rehabilitation could take the required treatment. Reimbursement in all such cases would be as per the guidelines of the Government Medical Reimbursement Scheme. If needed 50 percent advance could be given on the basis of cost estimation submitted from the empanelled institutions alongwith identification of the intervention required, he added. He said that the cases of dog bite/snake bite or natural calamity, in the premises of school the cost of treatment on actual basis would be borne under SHP.