Addressing the NHM regional review workshop here, Barman said Tripura government was working to develop public healthcare and consider National Health Mission as the most reliable and flexible source of funding for hospitals and other establishments related to health.
"We have constructed 449 health sub centers, 43 primary health centres, 8 community health centres and one sub-divisional hospital through funds provided by NHM. 78 per cent children have been immunized and infant mortality rate has come down from 32 per cent to 24 per cent. NHM is the most reliable and flexible source of funding," Roy Barman said.
However, he said NHM staff members do not have "job satisfaction" and sought regularisation for all such employees to boost performance.
"Those engaged under NHM are working much more than regular staff of the department of Health. But I feel there is no job satisfaction. I humbly request the Government of India that all employees engaged under NHM be regularised, if not for the country, at least for northeast," the minister said.
Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Manohar Agnani, said many states including those from North-East "delay" disbursing NHM funds to different state level societies for implementing projects.
He urged for timely submission of utilization certificates (UC) of central funds and timely deposit of state share in different schemes to facilitate easy release of grants.
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