“The health and wellness centers are expected to provide preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative care for a package of 12 services.”
This was stated by J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as he chaired the 5th meeting of the Mission Steering Group of the National Health Mission (NHM), on Tuesday, February 27.
Speaking at the meeting, Nadda said that NHM is vital to supporting the states in improving their health systems. He further stated that Prime Minister’s announcement of the heightened focus on the aspirational districts also provides us with significant leverage point to address long persisting inequities and development lag in these districts. This will be strengthened through NHM.
The Union Health Minister was updated about the progress under NHM. It was highlighted that under NHM – Free Drug Service initiative, funds are being provided to states/UTs for provision of free drugs in public health facilities and setting up of IT-backed systems for drug procurement and quality assurance.
Currently all 36 states/UTs have notified policy to provide essential drugs free of cost in public health facilities. Under NHM Free Diagnostics Service Initiative, substantial funding is provided to states within their resource envelope to provide free essential diagnostic services at public health facilities.
The program has been rolled out in 29 states/UTs which are providing free diagnostic services either in-house or in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The Mission Steering Group of the NHM discussed various agenda points including enhancement of reach, outlay and facilities within components of the NHM, prevention and control of viral hepatitis, immunisation, comprehensive primary health care, newer intervention under revised national TB control programme with respect to patient’s support and private sector involvement, capacity building of health workers, etc. Many suggestions were also made by other members of the MSG.
Nadda further added that the suggestions would be taken into consideration to guide the roadmap on interventions to be taken up.