On Thursday, April 1, the World Bank released a statement, wherein it stated that the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has given permission for a project to ameliorate management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram. The project would cost over USD 32 million.
The statement, which was released by the World Bank, said, “The project titled "Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project" will strengthen the governance and the management structure of the Mizoram Health department and its subsidiaries.” It further added, “It will improve the quality and coverage of services delivered by the state government health systems and invest in a comprehensive quality assurance program which would enable quality certification of health facilities."
The main aim would be to alter the State Health Insurance Program and make it better and effective. Next in the list would be to build synergies with Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), which is proposed by the Central Government. This would help the people of Mizoram in overcoming their financial hurdles when they want to gain access to any service regarding hospitals.
In addition to this, people of the state would also observe changes and advantages in the Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project. Moreover, even the healthcare workers will have an advantage. They can benefit by improving their planning and management capabilities in addition to building and establishing their clinical skills and competencies.
According to reports, the performance of the state of Mizoram on the basis of health outcomes is all jumbled and mixed when comparing it to the national averages, with dominant urban and rural differences and a constantly rising load of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
India’s Country Director of the World Bank said, “While Mizoram performs better than the national average on many key health indicators, access to quality health services is a challenge, particularly in rural areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has also adversely impacted the delivery of essential health services."
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