Shillong, November 1, 2021(MMP): The Indian government, Meghalaya Government and the World Bank signed a 40 million dollars health project for Meghalaya. The project will be implemented to improve the quality of health services and strengthen the state’s capacity to handle future health emergencies, including the COVID19 pandemic.
The agreement was signed on Thursday.“The Meghalaya Health Systems Strengthening Project will enhance the management and governance capabilities of the state and its health facilities; expand the design and coverage of the state’s health insurance program; improve the quality of health services through certification and better human resource systems, and enable efficient access to medicines and diagnostics,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
All 11 districts of Meghalaya will benefit from the project. The agreement was signed by Rajat Kumar Mishra, additional secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India; Ramkumar S, joint secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare on behalf of the Meghalaya government and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank. The project will help strengthen the effectiveness of Meghalaya’s health insurance program known as the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) – which currently covers 56% of the households,” the Finance Ministry stated. With its merger into the national Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), MHIS now plans to offer a more comprehensive package and cover 100% of the households. This will reduce barriers to accessing hospital services and preventing catastrophic out-of-pocket costs for poor families.