New Delhi: The Union government, the state government of Meghalaya, and the World Bank have signed a USD 40 million health project for Meghalaya to improve the quality of health services and strengthen the state's capacity to deal with future health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Meghalaya Health Systems Strengthening Project, signed on October 28, will improve the state's management and governance capabilities, expand the design and coverage of the state's health insurance programme, improve the quality of health services through certification, and improve human resource systems, according to an official release from the Ministry of Finance.
The project will benefit all 11 districts in the state. It will also benefit health-care workers in the primary and secondary sectors by improving their planning and management skills as well as their clinical abilities. Women will be able to better utilise community-based healthcare services as a result of the project.
According to the Ministry of Finance's Department of Economic Affairs, "The Centre's priority is to strengthen and expand health-care systems. The project will improve the state's health-care management and quality. It will also aid in expanding health-care coverage and making it more accessible and affordable to the state's poor and vulnerable."