The health ministry has drawn up strategies to improve health indicators owing to the concern over poor health facilities, delayed implementation of various schemes and under-utilization of funds by northeastern states.
Creation of infrastructure, deployment of more health workers, streamlining the procurement and supply chain, and improving health indicators such as maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) are the areas of focus.
Health minister J P Nadda will chair a meeting with north-eastern health ministers in Guwahati to discuss the issue.
A proposal prepared by the health ministry shows Assam has the highest MMR and IMR in the country, whereas Meghalaya and Assam have IMR higher than the national average.
Different ongoing programs in the health sector are likely to be reviewed in the meeting. The various schemes and programs of the National Health Mission, being implemented in the region, may also be reviewed.
On one hand, the funds remain under-utilized, whereas there is no improvement in indicators in these states. They do not even send any progress report making it very difficult for us to assess the situation.
"There is no single agency in these states to supervise the ongoing work. Besides, in the absence of a robust procurement and supply chain management system, there is huge wastage of essential drugs and consumables while they are still unavailable for patients," a senior official said.
The health ministry has also sought detailed report from these states to strengthen the health system.