Department of Health and Family Welfare is aimed at bringing about dramatic improvement in the health system and the Health status of people especially those living in rural areas of the country . It seeks to provide access to equitable , affordable and quality health care , reduction of IMR and MMR, population stabilization and gender and demographic balance which in turn help in achieving goals . Department Mission is on empowering people through effective mechanism of NRHM, Rogi kalyan Samiti etc . Decentralized planning and implementation , strengthening of physical infrastructure and ensuring fully functional facilities at the doorsteps of the people not withstanding odds of topography and situational constraints. To reduce the imbalances that remain in availability of tertiary care hospitals/medical colleges providing specialty/super specialty services across various states and to mitigate the sufferings of people from underdeveloped States, a scheme known as Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) has been launched to develop AIIMS like institutions in select States. In order to make a substantial improvement in the health status of the country, the Government has launched a National Rural Health Mission for a period of seven years. The main objective of the NRHM is to provide accessible, affordable, accountable, effective and reliable primary healthcare especially to the poor and vulnerable sections of the population. It seeks to provide an overarching umbrella to the existing vertical schemes/ programmes of Health and Family Welfare including RCH-II, Vector Borne Disease Control Programmes, T.B. Control Programme, Leprosy, Blindness and Iodine Deficiency. It also aims to address the issue of health in the context of a sector-wise approach encompassing sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, safe drinking water as basic determinants of good health. It further seeks to build greater ownership for Health and Family Welfare programmes among the community through involvement of Panchayati Raj institutions, NGOs and other stakeholders at national, state, district and sub-district levels.
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