KATHMANDU: Minister for Finance Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada unveiled the budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the capital Wednesday with allocation for the Ministry of Health at Rs. 68 billion and 780 million. The figure is up from around Rs. 12 billion of the previous fiscal.
The government plans expansion of the health insurance program across the nation, ensure free basic health services and free essential medicine, among other plans, of the government. Conducting citizens’ health programme at local areas called tols, ensuring full immunization in ward levels and increasing allowance to health volunteers are other highlights.
The government has also allocated the budget for the construction of a National Disease Control and Prevention Centre for upgrading the public health laboratory. Likewise the government has also planned to establish a laboratory in every State within three years.
Budget has also been increased for maternal and neonatal health. The programme will be launched to improve nutrition of mother and children.
The unveiled budget has mentioned that the vaccination for prevention of cervical cancer programme will be implemented.
The government has planned to manage vaccination programme for each district of all the seven states. The programme is at a pilot stage in Chitwan district.
Tol Tol ma Citizens Health Programme will be started for diagnosis and prevention of non-communicable and chronic diseases. Lately number of patients including heart, kidney, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases are increasing.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population the loads of chronic diseases has been increased by more than 60 per cent.
According to the budget the government has planned for the distribution of free sanitary pads to school girls.
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