Fuleswar: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday applauded the National Rural Health Mission which aims to bring decent and affordable medical care to the people living in rural areas, but felt that investment in medical facilities and education is not enough.
Inaugurating the Sanjiban Hospital at Fuleswar in Howarh district, the President said, "The government's budgetary allocation for the health sector has increased from Rs 8000 crore in 2004-05 to over Rs 26,760 crore in 2011-12. The challenge is now to urgently step up the capacities and improve efficiency in this sector."
He said that under the new five-year plan, investment in medical facilities and education had been increased, but it was not enough and there was a need for private participation to reduce the gap in providing quality healthcare infrastructure.
Praising the efforts of Dr Subhasis Mitra, director of the Sanjiban hospital, Mukherjee said the initiatives like these from the private sector constituted a significant support for healthcare.


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