“Healthy citizens are an asset to the nation” - Mahatama Gandhi
“If money is lost nothing is lost, If health is lost some thing is lost”
“Healthy soul prevails in healthy body”
All these quotes are good enough to describe the importance of health in human life. The ill health deficits the working ability of the person this results in the slow growth of the nation. Therefore, good health is given priority by every government at national and international fora. This can be better understood from the national policies of every nation where food security is regarded as the prime responsibility of every government. Thus, the above quote by Mahatama Gandhi seems to be quite relevant in the context of national development.
The government of India is quite concerned towards the better health of its citizens and to achieve this objective various programmes viz., National Rural Health Mission , Aids control programmes, mid-day meal programmes etc, are initiated by government from time to time.
The state of Rajasthan is fortunate that every ruling government gave an equal importance to health development programmes and successfully initiated various programmes started by the government of India.
Health Bodies of Rajasthan
The major health controlling body in the state is Department of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan under which various autonomous health institute operate. The major being State Institute of Health and Family Welfare which implements various health programmes in the state. Apart from this Voluntary Health Association of India also operates its health oriented programmes in the state. VHAI also monitors the progress of various health progammes initiated in the state by the government.
RVHA implemented a programme on Malaria Control, named “Village Contact Campaign” in collaboration with State Malaria Control Society, Rajasthan Health and Family Welfare Department. The major thrust of the programme is to focus on the most affected 994 villages of Kishanganj of District Baran, Asnavar of Jhalawar District, Dhariyavad of Udaipur District and Pokharan of Jaisalmer District.
At present the major health programme implemented by the government of Rajasthan is National Rural Health Mission which aims at providing better health facilities to the vulnerable section of society in the rural and urban slum areas. State Health Societies are created to fulfill the goal of providing health benefits to the inhabitants under National Rural Health Mission. Rajasthan is one of the specially focused 18 states with weak public health indicators.
Government of Rajasthan has established Rajasthan State Health Society which functions under Department of Health & Family Welfare. National Rural Health Mission is running several schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) for the pregnant women. When the delivery is under society financial aid is provided for pre and post care. The scheme also aims at reducing maternal and infant mortality rate.
The society monitors the Directorate, District Societies, NGOs etc. and keeps a check on the proper management of funds received from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, execution of contracts and monitoring their performance.
Training, meetings, conferences, review of policy, workshops and inter-State exchange visits etc. are organized by Rajasthan Health society to draw inputs by strengthening the execution of NRHM in the State.
Registered office Directorate of Medical & Health Swasthya Bhawan, C-Scheme, Jaipur Phone: 0141-2222683
Health Schemes of Rajasthan
Government has launched several health programmes or schemes over the years to benefit the people of state. A brief about these programmes are given under-
National Malaria control/eradication Programme
NMCP is a central government funded programme which was launched in 1954-55 with only two units at Ajmer and Jaisalmer. The Government of Rajasthan took NMCP to one step further by launching National Malaria Eradication Programme (NMEP) in 1958. The programme aims at making society free from malaria by the use of insecticides, larvicides and other drugs.
National Leprosy control/eradication programme
In 1970-71 National Leprosy control programme (NLCP) was started with complete funding by central government and was extended to NLEP in 1980-81 and State Government co-funded the project.
The leprosy patients are detected and treated, hence limiting disabilities. The leprosy services are integrated with the health care system available. The IEC employs many methods to educate people about health and sanitation.
National AIDS control programme
The World Bank funded the first phase of National AIDS control Programme (NACP) started in 1992-99 which made licensing mandatory for blood banks, STD treatment free of cost and established state AIDS control Society (SACS) in December 1998.
The second stage started through SACS in 1999 and continued till 2004. This stage targets to stabilize HIV/AIDS infection in population, reduce the transmittance of HIV through blood transfusion, to increase awareness among reproductive age group and promote the use of condoms in truck operators, sex workers or migrants.
National AIDS control Organisation (NACO) is supporting SACS in all the ways like funding, technical or managing the resources.
National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB)
This programme was first started in 1976 to reduce blindness, identifying and treating blinds, improving infrastructure facilities and eye care facilities in the state. National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)
It was launched in 1999 as a centrally sponsored scheme in 10 districts of Rajasthan. The programme aims at preventing cancer by providing health education, timely detection and diagnosis of cancer and strengthening existing institutions for comprehensive therapy.
National/Revised National TB control Programme (NTCP/RNTCP)
Reduction of TB in community is seen as long term goal of this programme while the short term goals include immunization of infants by BCG dosage, to detect new cases and treat them. Rajasthan Health System Development Project (RHSDP)
RHSDP works to strengthen 238 secondary level hospitals, improving the quality of health facilities, providing training to working staff, timely availability of medicines and proper disposal of hospital wastes. They have a part of budget allotted to provide medicine to BPL families.
Chief Minister Jeevan Raksha Kosh/Sahayata Kosh (CMJRK/CMSK)
CMJRK committee, Jaipur provides financial assistance to BPL families for treatment of chronic diseases like heart diseases, cancer, kidney problems etc.
Hospitals in Rajasthan
Maintaining a good health is necessary to work efficiently. Rajasthan government has employed many district health care hospitals under its own undertaking and private ownership also. Th important hospitals of Rajasthan are listed below:
Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur Sector-18, Kumbha Marg, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur 302033
Jodhpur Medical College Hospital ( A Unit of Jodhpur National University – JNU ) Jhanwar Road,Boranada Jodhpur (Rajasthan) India Phone : +918696950950 /8290243333 Fax No: 02931-281416 Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Website : www.jodhpurmedicalcollegehospital.com
Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital Hiranmagri Extension, Manwakhera NH-8 Bypass, Near Eklingpura Chouraha Udaipur, Rajasthan (India) – 313002 Phone No.: +91-294-2500000-06; 9829666699 Fax No. +91-294-2500007
NIMS University Shobha Nagar, Jaipur-Delhi Highway (NH-11C), Jaipur – 303121, Rajasthan, INDIA Toll Free: 1800 120 1020
Government Medical College, Kota Phone: 0744 2470674 (College) one: Ph0744 2323578 (Hospital)
Rabindranath Tagore Medical College Near Collectorate, Hospital Rd, Court Chouraha, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001 Phone: 0294 241 8258
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer 341, Behind Revenue Board Civil Lines, Ajmer, Mobile No.: 9414008259 Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner
SP Medical College Rd, Bikaner Rajasthan 334003 Phone: 0151 222 6300
Dr. Sampurnanand Medical College E Rd, Residency Rd, Opposite Petrol Pump, Near Sriram Excellency Hotel, Sindhi Colony, Sector-D, Shastri Nagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342003 Phone: 0291 243 4377 Jhalawar Medical College Jhalawar Hospital & Medical College N.H.-12, Kota Road, Jhalawar (Raj.) Tel. No. - 07432- 233388 (O) E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 9 Eye Banks and 12 Eye Donation Centers in government undertaking. These Eye Banks are available in 6 Medical Colleges, namely, Bharatpur, Jhalawar, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur. The 12 Eye Donation Center in Ajmer, Alwar, Banswara, Dausa, Bundi, Sirohi, Pali, Sikar, Churu, Hanumangarh, Tonk, Nagaur are also committed towards serving people to let them see this beautiful world.
Eye Bank Society of Rajasthan Address: 429, Near Gita Bahwan, 20 Dukan, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan Phone number: +91-141-2604117
Jain eye charitable Trust Dhohad Road, Banswara-327001 Phone number: 40425 S.M.S. Medical College Phone number: 0141 2619020, 0141 2669171
Shri Ram Eye Hospital Phone number: 0141 607021
Lions eye bank, Udaipur Phone number: 0294 2524255, 0294 2524256
Sahai Eye Hospital & Research Centre Tilak Nagar, Jaipur-302004
Pardaya Memorial Hospital Sanganer Bazar, Jaipur-303902