Joint Efforts For Urban Care

For the first time the Odisha Government will make Joint Efforts to develop a holistic environment covering Health, Sanitation and Livelihood in the Urban Zones of the State.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi has asked the officials to form State Level Common Coordination Committee(CCC) and similar structures at District, Town and even Ward Level for better coordination, while implementing the Programs.
Mr.Padhi has also directed to develop a Road Map on convergence activities under NUHM, NULM and SBM.
Accordingly, Department of Health & family Welfare, Department of Urban Development will chalk out State Convergence Strategy for taking up Joint Initiatives though National Urban Health Mission(NUHM), National Urban Livelihood Mission(NULM) and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
Clear cut Road Map will be in place soon in consultation with the Stakeholders, said sources.
While NUHM works for primary health care, NULM strategy is to reduce poverty and SBM’s prime focus is for sanitation, all these institutions are working in a disjointed manner. So the Union Government has decided to converge all the three activities for better results and effective utilization of funds in the Urban Areas of the Country.
Recently the State Government has been advised to take up UHM, NULM and SBM activities in a joint manner.
Joint Secretary Ministry of Health, K Rajeswar Rao, Joint Secretary Ministery of Urban Development, Praveen Prakash and Joint Secretary Ministry of Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Sanjay Kumar has jointly written to the Odisha Government in this regard.
This initiative is being taken with the National Health Policy-2017, which emphasizes improvement of Health, Sanitation and improvement of Environment of Health in the Country through convergence efforts.
There will be organized sanitation drives with focus on importance of sanitation in areas around the Urban Health Facilities.
According to SBM norms, every fifty thousand population will be covered by the facilities involving Urban Health Mechanism.
So now onwards there will be convergence between all the three major players in the cities and towns of the state to care of the poor and vulnerable people staying in the Urban Zones.
Integrated approach, which was lacking earlier will be now the determinant factor for all these organizations to cover slums and other weaker areas, while reducing poverty and vulnerability of the Urban Poor.
While State Level CCC will provide the Road Map, implementation will be done by District, City and Ward level CCC, said sources in Department of Urban Development.
Real-time monitoring of the programs will be taken up, which will help in finding obstacles and take up midway corrections.
State Government according to its local need will development own mechanism of convergence between these committees and will work out strategies for implementation of the program for achieving a common goal of a healthy and improved urban life.

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