Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched the six new health schemes including Electronic Health Card Scheme, a scheme for free insulin for diabetic patients below 18 years of age under universal immunisation programme, here today.

Himachal Pradesh has become first such state in South East Asia region to launch the programme.

The Chief Minister also launched HP Universal Health Protection Scheme, a health bulletin brochure, a scheme for free treatment of Hemophilic patients and introduction to ‘Measles Rubella (MR) campaign.

The health card could be downloaded from google app by the name ‘HealthCardHP’. They also laid online foundation stone of special ward block of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla to have 32 wards.

The Chief Minister, speaking at the occasion, highlighted the government achievements in health sector. He said that four new medical colleges were got sanctioned for the state. The Dr. YS Parmar Medical College at Nahan and Jawahar Lal Nehru College at Chamba had started functioning and many students from all India medical quota beside Non Resident Indians have taken admission in these medical colleges. The ESIC Medical College at Ner-Chowk in district Mandi has also become functional, said the Chief Minister

The Chief Minister also honoured Dr. J.K. Mokta for his research and had work in formulating a scheme for free insulin for diabetic patients below 18 years of age.

Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said the schemes would go far beyond in strengthening the health services in the state. He said that there were few lakh people who were not covered under any scheme had now been brought under the ambit of Universal Heath Scheme and would be benefited by schemes launched today. He said that the screening scheme for patients of non-communicable disease has also been launched in the state.