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  • 19 February, 2020

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Nadu-Nedu Scheme of Andhra Pradesh

Syllabus subtopic: Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections of the population by the Centre and States and the Performance of these Schemes

Prelims and Mains focus: about the key features of the scheme

News: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has launched the first phase of the Nadu Nedu programme.

About the programme

  1. Under the Nadu-Nedu Scheme (roughly meaning Then and Now in Telugu), the government of A.P plans to take up construction, repairs and renovation of hospitals at a cost of Rs.11,737 crore in a span of three years.

  1. The Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) would be followed for the sub-centres, Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), Area Hospitals (AHs), District Hospitals (DHs) and Medical Council of India (MCI) norms for teaching hospitals.

  1. As part of the first phase, Rs.1,129 crore has been allocated for the health and wellness centres (sub-centres).

  1. A pictorial contrast of the hospitals before and after the implementation of Nadu-Nedu would be displayed on their premises to highlight the difference.

  1. The auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) staff quarters will be provided with single bedroom, kitchen and toilet, a clinic with lab and examination room with toilet and fully furnished medical equipment and furniture.

  1. In the second phase, of the total 1,145 Primary Health Centres (PHCs), 149 new ones would be constructed and the rest 989 would be repaired and given modern amenities. Apart from that 169 Community Health Centres (CHC) and Area Hospitals would also be strengthened. For CHCs the government has allocated Rs.1,212 crores and Rs.700 crore to Area Hospitals.

  1. In the third phase, District Hospitals, along with teaching hospitals would be strengthened. Moreover, construction of new hospitals will also take place. Since independence, there are only 11 teaching hospitals in the State. The government is adding 16 more teaching hospitals, bringing the total to 27.

According to the A.P govt., it is the highest amount spent by any State on healthcare in the country. Under the scheme, every Parliamentary constituency would have a teaching hospital.

Source: The Hindu


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