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Launch of ‘Susrusha’ and Appointment of Rural Health Practitioners

On Monday, the 23 rd of August, the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma launched a new scheme for patients undergoing kidney transplantation. The scheme entitled Susrusha, seeks to extend financial assistance in the form of cheques of Rs 1 Lakh to residents of Assam who have undergone or are scheduled to undergo kidney transplantation. The scheme is applicable to patients undergoing kidney transplantation since May 2010 onwards.

This apart, the Hon’ble Minister also ceremoniously distributed appointment letters to 72 Rural Health Practitioners. In addition to the already posted 92 RHPs, the appointment of these 72 RHPs will help improve the healthcare delivery system in inaccessible and marginalised areas of the state.

The Hon’ble Health Minister distributing a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh to a patient who had recently undergone kidney transplantation

Appointment letters being distributed to newly recruited Rural Health Practitioners


Signing of MoU between Govt. of Assam and HMRI for setting the 104 Health Helpline Service

On the 20 th of July 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Govt. of Assam and Hyderabad based Health Management and Research Institute to setup the 104 Health Information Helpline Service. This service will facilitate free counselling on health-related issues and minor ailments. The user will be accessible to this service just by dialling the number ‘104’ from any landline or mobile phone.

The Hon’ble Minister, Health & FW, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing the media after signing of the MoU

The Mission Director, NRHM Assam along with the CEO, HMRI after signing of MoU for setting up the 104 Health Information Helpline Service

One Day Symposium on Emergency Obstetric Care in District Hospitals at Odd Hours

A symposium was organised jointly by Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, GMCH and NRHM on July 9 th at the O&G Hall, GMCH to review the activities of five district hospitals for six months – January to June 2010. The hospitals taken up for review were:

  • Morigaon Civil Hospital
  • Mahendra Mohan Chowdhury Hospital, Guwahati
  • Tolaram Bafna Civil Hospital
  • Nalbari Civil Hospital
  • Mangaldai Civil Hospital

Issues such as number of referrals to Medical Colleges, quality of service delivery, various problems at the district level hospitals and ways to improve upon them were discussed at length over the course of the symposium.

Dr. C.R Hira, Consultant, Maternal Health during his session at the Symposium

An interactive session underway during the one-day Symposium

IEC Exhibition on the occasion of completion of four years by the Govt. of Assam

An IEC Exhibition was held at the Khanapara Veterinary Field from May 22 to May 27, 2010 on the occasion of the completion of four years of the Assam Government. Participated by all the departments under the Govt. of Assam, the Exhibition provided a glimpse on the work done by these departments to the visitors. The stall on the Dept. of Health & FW and the National Rural Health Mission was a major attraction amongst visitors. The stall was filled with IEC banners depicting the achievements of the department over the past five years. IEC materials in the form of booklets, leaflets etc were distributed free of cost to visitors.

The NRHM Exhibition stall as it appeared from the outside

Visitors being counselled at the NRHM Exhibition stall, held on the occasion of the completion of four years of the Govt. of Assam.

The Hon’ble Minister for Social Welfare Shri. Akon Bora and the Hon’ble Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Dr. Bhumidhar Barman during their visit to the NRHM Exhibition stall, held on the occasion of the completion of four years of the Govt. of Assam.

Launch of the Mamata and Morom schemes

On the 27 th of April, 2010, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi ceremoniously inaugurated the Mamata and Morom schemes, in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister for Health & FW, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Mamata scheme seeks to reduce IMR and MMR, by insisting on a post-delivery hospital stay of 48 hours of the mother and the newborn. Any complications that may arise during this period is addressed by skilled doctors available at Govt. health institutions. During discharge from hospital, the mother receives a gift hamper called the ‘Mamata’ kit. This kit contains essential products for the baby viz. baby powder, baby oil, a mosquito net, a flannel cloth etc.

The Morom scheme extends financial support to patients admitted in general wards of Govt. health institutions as compensation for wage loss during hospitalisation and post-hospital expenses.

Details of the scheme:

  • Indoor patients admitted to a Medical College are entitled to receive Rs 75 per day for a maximum of seven days
  • Indoor patients admitted to a District Hospital are entitled to receive Rs 50 per day for a maximum of five days
  • Indoor patients admitted to a Sub-divisional hospitals/Community Health Centres/Primary Health Centres are entitled to receive Rs 30 per day for a maximum of five days
  • JSY Beneficiaries are excluded from this scheme
Both the Mamata as well as the Morom schemes have been made operational from May 1 st 2010

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri. Tarun Gogoi distributing Mamata Kits to Superintendents of Govt. Hospitals


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