National Rural Health Mission a boon for Manipur's remote villages

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 08:30 hrs

The Central Government-run National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme is helping to provide better healthcare for people living in far flung areas of Manipur.

Wakha village, which is located in Imphal East District of Manipur, is reaping the benefits of the Centre's National Rural Health Mission.

Twice a year, representatives of the state health mission and the NHRM visit the village to ensure that all basic health facilities are being provided to villagers through a day-long free medical camp. The poor and destitute are happy to get health facilities at their doorstep.

"This scheme is very helpful. They give us free treatment and medicines and also make us aware about health and nutrition. It is very good," said Anita Devi, a villager.

" It's a very good initiative. Such schemes benefit us a lot as we get to learn so many things about medicines, nutrition and child care," added Usharani Sarangthem.

The NRHM was launched in the country in 2005 with a special focus to 18 high focus states, including Manipur. It has a vision to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the rural population, especially the vulnerable sections.

It has an objective to have universal access to food and nutrition, sanitation and hygiene and universal access to public health care services. In Manipur, state health authorities do provide regular training to medical staff to ensure the successful implementation of the NRHM scheme.

"In Manipur, we are implementing (NRHM) in full swing. We have staff in all centres/Health centres. They all are doing duty to maintain the health condition of Manipur especially in rural areas," said Dr. Ibomchaokram Director, NHRM Manipur

Health facilities reaching remote areas of Manipur are the result of prevailing peace and tranquillity in the state. (ANI)

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