Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad launched several new health initiatives worth Rs.500 crores under NRHM for the strengthening of healthcare services in Guwahati. The new initiatives are – Free Generic Drug Service, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya karyakram (RBSK), National Iron Plus Initiative, Fleet of 359 New Ambulances for National Ambulance Service. Along with these schemes, Tele-radiology and Mother & Child Tracking System Call Centre has been started for the first time in the country. It will cover five districts in the first phase.
It is expected that Mother & Child tracking system will decrease Maternal Mortality Rate and help in timely child immunization. In addition, Shri Azad also laid the foundation stone of 14 MCH Wings of various District Hospitals which are being constructed at the cost of more than Rs.320 crores to cater to the increased demand of institutional deliveries, as also improve the maternal & child health. These MCHs wings upon becoming functional will provide 1400 additional beds to the health system of Assam.