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Shillong | Oct 29, 2018: 

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday said that the state allocates 7 percent to the Health sector which is higher than the national average.

Sangma said that this year the Government increased the budget allocation to almost 30 percent. “We are focusing on creating maximum impact with minimum investment,” the Chief Minister while delivering his inaugural address at the 3rd North East Health Care Leadership Summit 2018 held in Shillong.

“There is a need to improve the overall efficiency of service delivery in the health sector”, he added.

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The Chief Minister also stressed on the importance of realizing and recognizing the fact that while we talk about challenges and gaps, that we should realize the potential of the available resources and maximize its usage which is equally important for efficiency and effective delivery of health services.

The Summit is organized by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with the Government of Meghalaya with the support from the Ministry of Development of the North East Region (DoNER).

The objective of the summit is to strengthen the focus on key health issues in the north-east region, explore emergent avenues for collaboration and provide a platform for interaction between various agencies and stakeholders such as healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers, government officials, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

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The leadership summit attempts to draw the attention of policy makers and other stakeholders to the healthcare system of the North East region and contribute towards bridging the North Eastern Region for Health Transformation.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the chief minister urged all those in the health sector to deliver their services with compassion and empathy towards their patients’ suffering.

Terming the development of infrastructure and upgradation of human resource as the key element in ensuring better service delivery, the Chief Minister expressed optimism that the government would be able to initiate work on the two medical colleges as soon as possible.

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“On a regular basis we have been monitoring the implementation of the scheme through video conferencing with set goals and agenda. This has ensured that administration and other line departments are constantly engaged with the government to ensure efficient delivery of services to the people,” he said.

He also told the gathering that the government was contemplating to provide basic soft skill and technical training to ASHA workers and nurses to ease the burden on doctors.

The summit recorded an attendance of about 200 participants. The leadership summit witnessed active participation of bureaucrats and technocrats from the respective north-east states; academicians and researchers; representatives of UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and other

Other dignitaries present were PD Rai, Member of Parliament, Sikkim; Alexander Laloo Hek, Minister, Health & Family Welfare Dept. Govt. of Meghalaya besides others.

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