Innovation For Urban Health

Keeping 5T implementation in view, Shalini Pandit, Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM) has urged the Medical Officers of Urban Centers to take up innovation in the Health Care System.

Shrimati Pandit, while taking up State Level Review of National Urban Health Mission on 31 August, said each City and District should take up at least one innovation and best practices under Urban Health Care System.

She said given the enormous size, complexity and ever evolving challenges, it is quite apparent that the conventional health care delivery system and process, many not be enough to reach out to each and every single person with quality health care service.

Urban Health, being a highly complex, dynamic and evolving domain, would therefore benefit through an innovative approach and solution, advised Shrimati Pandit.

It is therefore important for the health service providers, planners and policy makers to be as innovative as possible to address health care challenges.

The implementation framework for NUHM also lays an emphasis on developing innovative approaches to reach out to the vulnerable sections of the population, encouraging the states to do so within the broad framework of NUHM, said Mission Director.

Stressing on quality she said that at least 20 Percent Urban Primary Health Centers should achieve National Quality Assurance Standard (NQAS).

And she advised all Urban PHCs to achieve Kayakalp Award as these Centres are operating in 36 Urban Local Bodies including Five Municipal Corporations having more than 50,000 Population.

“Kayakalp - Award to Public Health Facilities” was instituted as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  on 15 May 2015 as a National Initiative.

These Awards are given to those public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control focuses on promoting cleanliness in public spaces. 

Mobilization of Specialists from District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH) and Medical College Hospitals (MCH) to Ama Clinic was urged in the meeting.
Additional services in Urban Clinics including fixed day Specialists Services in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Paediatrics, Medicine and Geriatrics, Eye-care, Physiotherapy and Psychiatric services are being provided.
She asked for increasing efforts for Evening OPD as city dwellers need it most.

A strict disciplinarian, Shrimati Pandit asked for spending quantum by the Urban Health Sector and directed officials to spend above 90 Percent of the allocated funds.

She directed to complete infrastructure development of all Urban PHCs and CHCs.
Additional Mission Director NHM, State Program Manager, NUHM and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

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