Raipur: The European Commission is to assist Chhattisgarh in revamping its primary health sector with an aid of Rs.1.5 billion (more than $33 million) over the next three years.
"The European Commission has agreed to provide the Chhattisgarh government Rs.1.5 billion for toning up the primary health sector in Raipur, Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon, Janjgir-Champa, Bilaspur and Kawardha districts," state Health Minister Krishnamurthy Bandhi said Sunday.
The amount will be received phase-wise over the next three years and will be used for constructing primary health centres and providing basic health facilities.
The Chhattisgarh government has been spending millions of rupees in the current fiscal 2006-07 for creating infrastructure at health centres in all the 16 districts.
The state is to set up 200 new health centres in the current fiscal ending March 31, mainly in remote and impoverished areas dominated by illiterate tribal population. This will take the total number of primary health centres to 717.