Keeping the assembly elections in mind, chief minister Siddaramaiah rolled out Karnataka state budget for the year 2018-19. Mr Siddaramaiah who also holds the finance portfolio laid stress on healthcare and education among other crucial sectors.
In the health sector the Karnataka state budget aimed at enabling quality healthcare. He said that 9000 sub-centres across the state shall be upgraded as health and wellness centers. He stated that the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute will be added with 1000 beds and proposed to construct medical colleges at Gadag, Chamrajnagar, and Koppal.
Mr Siddaramaiah further highlighted that all the district and taluk hospitals to be certified by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals to improve quality services.
The chief minister tweeted saying “Along with the launching of Aarogya Karnataka, Nava Karnataka Budget 2018 gives a major thrust to the health and wellness across the state”.
Dr NK Venkataramana, Founder & Chief Neurosurgeon, Brains Neuro Spine Centre, Bengaluru sharing his opinion on the state budget said “I am happy that the government has taken health as one of the important aspects in the budget 2018-19 and realized the importance to improve the health sector in the State. The focus on improving the important health indices like the MMR and IMR is a very good move. Secondly, it is happy to note that the prevention of non-communicable diseases has been taken into consideration for the budget.”
Above all, the focus on getting the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) for hospitals across the State is a laudable step. In the light of modern development healthcare has to go with the quality, hence, in this regard, NABH accreditation plays a very significant role, Mr Venkatarama added.
The State health budget looks quite ambitious, but it does not go well with the amount allocated. However, the key task is effective implementation in order to see the positive outcome, he said.