Health is not only the absence of illness but is also the yardstick of well being. Health is related to the overall growth and economic development of a state or nation. Economists use various indicators like life expectancy, infant mortality, maternity mortality etc to assess the health of the people of a country or state.
During the “2nd National Summit on Good & Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Systems in India” held at Shimla from 2nd to 4th July’ 2015, Punjab received national level awards for ‘Ensuring Safe Deliveries’ and ‘Reducing Infant Mortality Rate’ from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Punjab Govt. has been awarded with World Health Organisation’s “World No Tobacco Day Award” for the year 2015. The award was given to the State Government for prioritising Tobacco Control and making rapid strides in tackling this epidemic with a comprehensive approach and many innovative interventions.
To ensure that basic health facilities are available to its citizens, Punjab government has invested into the health infrastructure including hospitals, beds, doctors, nurses, good pharmaceutical industry etc. In modern times, scholars argue that people have a basic right to health care services, thus, presence of health infrastructure is not enough and it should be accessible by everyone.
Ensuring Health for all, Punjab Government has provided cashless treatment of Rs. 50,000/- in empanelled hospitals to all 28.05 lakh BPL-Blue Card Holder families of Punjab under the BhagatPuran Singh SehatBima Yojana. Under Punjab Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (PGEPHIS) employees and Pensioner of Punjab Government are being issued Smart Cards for cashless treatment of upto Rs. 3 Lakh in empanelled Government/Private Hospitals. Insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh for head of the blue card holder family is being given in case of accidental death or incapacitation besides providing free treatment to anybody during first 24-hours of emergency.
Focusing on safe deliveries and reduction in infant mortality rate, Punjab Health Department is providing cashless deliveries in all Government Hospitals along with free medicines, consumables, diet and referral transport besides effectively implementing ‘Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram’ and ‘Janani Suraksha Yojana’. Punjab government has also ensured free treatment to all children of upto 1 year age in all Government Health Institutions and free treatment of girl-child upto the age of 5 year for healthy future. Approx 30,000 infants are provided free treatment under this program.