Lucknow – Maintaining that a trained health workforce is the backbone of health services of any state, the Chief Minister on Wednesday as a part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, virtually inaugurated the 35 upgraded ANM training centres, along with dialysis centers in district Chandauli, Hathras, Bhadohi , and a mega oral cancer screening campaign at health and wellness centres across the state.
“Amid the pandemic, we conducted a large-scale door-to-door screening campaign. If we did not have trained health professionals then, we would not have succeeded in saving so many lives in the state from Covid-19,” said Yogi.
“A trained health workforce is the backbone of any state’s health services including the ANM, GNM, or nursing trainees. With them, we will be able to take our better health services to each and every common man in Uttar Pradesh”, he added.
Stating that adequate manpower is always a challenge in the most populous state, the CM said, “Despite having infrastructure, the ANM centres were closed in the state 33 years back. Girls who wanted to get trained in nursing courses had to opt for private training institutes with high fee structures. They had to move to other cities where fooding and lodging was a problem.”
Extending his heartfelt wishes on the launch of 3 extensive health care services in the state under Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, he said “Today, 35 ANM centers have been launched simultaneously with better infrastructure, classrooms, laboratories and libraries equipped with modern facilities. These centres will train more than 1700 girls in nursing services and they will be able to contribute to the health services of the state.”
The CM also directed concerned officials to conduct entrance tests for admissions in the ANM courses from the next academic session to ensure transparency in admission on the basis of merit.
Launching the hemodialysis centres in district Bhadohi, Hathras and Chandauli, the CM said, “Under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme, we are already providing free dialysis facilities in 65 districts of the state. With the inauguration of 3 more dialysis centres, the facility is being extended to 68 districts of the state. While in the remaining districts, the project is under process.”
Advising people that hypertension causes diabetes and high blood sugar level which further affect kidney and eyesight, the CM said that there are possibilities that nephrologists are not available in all 75 districts but the general physicians can be trained and the state can deploy technicians for the purpose. He also said that the dialysis centres can be operated on PPP models.
“The Central Government wants to extend its cooperation in this work. We must make efforts towards providing free dialysis in all the 75 districts of the state.”
The Chief Minister further said that today a mega campaign on oral cancer awareness is being launched here. “We need to stay away from all kinds of intoxicants, including tobacco which can cause diseases like oral cancer.”
He said that in the last five years, the state has effectively controlled encephalitis and communicable diseases by running campaigns.
The CM urged people to practise natural farming, free from chemicals and use organic foods. He also appealed to people to practice Yoga and make it a lifestyle. The CM said that all of us should make efforts to guarantee the quality of life in Uttar Pradesh.
The Chief Minister also interacted with the CMO and newly joined trainees of the ANM centres in Agra, Sitapur and Varanasi. He directed all the CMOs to provide quality education to the trainees in these centres along with good faculty, infrastructure and library.