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New Delhi: Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, chaired a videoconference (VC) meeting with all states and UTs to review physical and financial progress under the National Health Mission (NHM), Emergency COVID Response Package (ECRP)-II, Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), 15th Finance Commission grants and Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Program (PM-NDP).

Highlighting various initiatives and measures taken by the Government of India to ensure affordable, accessible and equitable public health services across the country, States/UTs were briefed through a detailed presentation on the status of implementation of programs and the disbursement of funds under the NHM, various projects under Pack ECRP-II and PM-ABHIM. The meeting also focused on extending the national dialysis program to 100% coverage.

The Union Health Secretary stressed that to ensure implementation of programs and initiatives, government resources allocated under the National Health Mission (NHM) must be expedited and used effectively. He urged States/UTs to provide the necessary documents/certificates of use corresponding to the use of the funds and to guarantee the reimbursement of the unused amount. States were also asked to map these transfers on the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal.

Develop capacity of health systems and institutions across the continuum of care at all levels, primary, secondary, tertiary and prepare health systems to respond effectively to current and future pandemics/disasters, Rs 64,180 crore for the period 2021 -22 to 2025-2026 was allocated under the PM-ABHIM. Given the emphasis on using these funds for capital expenditures, States/UTs were requested to expedite proposals and MoUs to be sent to the Union Ministry of Health under the PM-ABHIM to enable the ministry to release funds in a timely manner to the states. To ensure physical and financial progress mapping, States were requested to identify physical facilities and complete the mapping exercise on the NHM-Progress Monitoring System (PMS) portal at the earliest.

Highlighting the need to expedite the use of funds released under the ECRP-II package, States were informed that 100% of the central share amount has been released to States. While informing the States of the status of their expenditures under the ECRP-II, they were again asked to complete the mapping of approvals on the NHM-PMS portal and to periodically review this status. In addition, States/UTs have also been advised that instead of seeking approval from the Union Department of Health, State Health Societies (SHS) have been allowed to grant the remaining approvals of activities in the framework of the ECRP-II. Finally, States were requested to complete all ECRP-II program activities by December 31, 2022.

To expand the coverage of the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Program (PMNDP) across the country, states were requested to cover all districts with the hemodialysis program and also promote the peritoneal dialysis program as it is less restrictive for patients and requires less technical demand from institutions. States were also informed of the extensive use of the PMNDP portal, an API-based computing platform to capture details of all beneficiaries receiving free dialysis services under the PMNDP. To avoid duplication and ensure transparency, efficiency and interoperability, states were asked to guarantee registration using a unique 14-digit ABHA identifier. They were also asked to share APIs and integrate with the PMNDP portal if they were using separate portals, for global coverage.

Roli Singh, AS&MD, Vishal Chauhan, Jt Secy, Indrani Kaushal, Economic Adviser and other senior Union Health Ministry officials were present at the virtual review meeting with NHM Mission Directors and other senior State/UT officials.