"Many programmes and schemes have been launched in this direction during last one-and-half years and an allocation of Rs 1,050 crore has been made for the health sector for 2014-15, he said.
A new 100-bedded block is being constructed at a cost of Rs 16.50 crore in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child Care Hospital, Shimla, he said.
Besides, another 100-bedded hospital, dedicated to mother and child care, is being set up in Zonal Hospital Mandi with a cost of Rs five crore.
The state government would soon launch drop back ambulance service '102' for facilitating expectant mothers and children upto one year of age, the spokesman said.
Likewise there is a plan to provide facility of 125 such vehicles in the health institutions of the state, he said, adding, three more medical colleges are being set up at Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan with the financial assistance of Rs 567 crore from the Central government.
Besides, permission has also been granted by the Central government to upgrade nursing school of IGMC, Shimla to nursing college. The Central government has released Rs 440 lakh for this purpose, he said.
Telestroke Management Programme has also been launched for the first time in Himachal Pradesh on pilot basis with collaboration of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Under this programme, AIIMS would establish 18 primary stroke centres in the hospitals where the facility of CT scan is available to identify the symptoms of brain stroke and to provide timely treatment. Training has been given to 120 doctors of the state for the same, he said.
In order to provide specialized health services to the people living in far-flung areas, mobile diagnostic units are being established in 10 districts. Besides specialized doctors, these mobile medical units will have the facility of ultrasound and all essential life saving drugs, he said.
These units will hold camps in the rural areas at fixed schedule, he said, adding, the government will also endeavour to develop the tele medicine facility.
The state government is committed to provide cheaper generic drugs in the health institutions and Rs 29.59 crore have been sanctioned for this, the spokesman said.
The government is also endeavouring to set up MRI facility at identified institution of the state under Public-Private- Partnership mode.