Health sub-centres to be upgraded to HWC

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 9 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

In accordance with Central government’s decision, Nagaland too was committed to upgrade all health sub-centres into health and wellness centres (HWC) by December 2022 in a phased manner, H&FW (H&FW) minister S Pangnyu Phom said on Thursday. 

Speaking during the formal launch of HWC– Ayushman Bharat – at Seikhazou urban primary health centre (UPHC) Kohima, Pangnyu said the state government would upgrade 56 sub-centres, two PHCs in Kiphire and three UPHCs to HWCs in 2018-19.
Pangnyu said the Union ministry of H&FW had envisaged upgrade of all 1.5 Iakh health sub-centres to HWCs for provision of comprehensive primary healthcare by December 2022. He said HWCs under Ayushman Bharat would treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases. 
As the burden of non-communicable diseases like cancer, hypertension and diabetes was very high in Nagaland, the minister said HWCs would provide a comprehensive primary healthcare, including treating non-communicable diseases. 
These centres would also have a space for practising wellness and spiritual activities, including physical exercise, yoga, etc, he added. He said qualified nurses with certificate course in community health would be posted in all the HWCs and appealed to the community to utilise their services. He asked the centres’ management committees to provide full support to the community and take responsibility of the facilities.
In his address, H&FW commissioner and secretary, Himato Zhimomi congratulated the officials and staff of the department for successfully launching HWC under Ayushman Bharat along with rest of the country. 
Appreciating Seizkhazou UPHC for outstanding maintenance and providing services to the people, he said the centre should be a benchmark for other PHCs and CHCs. He called upon the staff of the department to make Nagaland a role model for the entire country.         
In his keynote address, National Health Mission (NHM) Nagaland mission director Dr Kevichusa Medkhru said Ayushman Bharat was a flagship programme of the Union H&FW ministry. He said it had two components – National Health Protection Scheme Insurance and HWC. 
Medikhru said currently PHCs in India primarily focused on reproductive & child health and communicable diseases, but this addressed only about 20% of healthcare needs. 
He informed the gathering that HWCs would be equipped with comprehensive laboratory, pharmacy, robust IT system, essential drugs and supplies and proper infrastructure with provision for wellness activities. There would be 12  packages of services in these centres like care during pregnancy and child-birth, neonatal & infant healthcare services, childhood & adolescent healthcare services, family planning, contraceptive services and other reproductive healthcare services, management of communicable diseases, national health programmes, general outpatient care for acute, simple illnesses & minor ailments, screening, prevention, control and management of non-communicable diseases, care for common ophthalmic and ENT problems, basic oral healthcare, elderly & palliative healthcare services, emergency medical services, including burns & trauma, and screening and basic management of mental health ailments 
The NHM mission director said 56 qualified nurses (BSc Nursing/GNM with field experiences) had been hired for delivering the services and were currently undergoing a six-month intensive training called Certificate Course in Community Health in NHAK and DH Dimapur. He added that once they cleared their exam, they would be posted in HWCs as community healthcare provider.
The programme was chaired by H&FW additional director Dr Bendanhmenla Longkumer, while vote of thanks was proposed by NHM State programme officer Dr Thangmhoi Lam. The event was attended by H&FW officials, Kohima village leaders, public and others.


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