Assam: First model district health project launched

Country’s first Model District Health Project has been launched in Morigaon district of Assam. The project has been launched in collaboration of the Earth Institute of Columbia University and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Launching the ambitious project at a function in Dispur yesterday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the model district health project would aim at reducing infant and maternal mortality rates by 2015. Speaking on the occasion, senior adviser of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Dr. Nirupam Bajpai said Morigaon in Assam is among the five districts in the country to have been selected under the model district health project. Dr. Bajpai, who has been honoured with Padmashree Award, said the mission aims at reaching out to 600 million people in the country through interventions in a better and effective way. Terming the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) as the biggest public health programme in the world, Dr. Bajpai said the project would address other key health issues.

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