Bhandari stresses for quality healthcare facilities

Commissioner/Secretary Dr Mandeep K Bhandari at a workshop in Jammu on Thursday.
Commissioner/Secretary Dr Mandeep K Bhandari at a workshop in Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu, Dec 15: Two days workshop on “Quality Assurance, Kayakalp and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” was organized by National Health Mission, J&K here today on the directions of Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. M.K. Bhandari, Commissioner/Secretary, Health & Medical Education Department in the presence of Dr. Mohan Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K,Dr. Gurjeet Singh, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma, Director Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization, J&K and Dr. Sameer Mattoo, Project Director State AIDS Control Society, J&K.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Bhandari focused on the importance of quality in public health care facilities and impressed upon all the participants for improvement of quality of these health care facilities and  regular assessment of health care facilities by its own staff apart from ‘action planning’ for traversing the observed gaps is the only way in having a vibrant quality assurance programme in Public Health facilities. He emphasized that “quality is a journey and not a destination; it is a way how we acquaint ourselves, how we treat those whom we stand for, we all are service providers and the best is expected from us.” He stressed upon to follow the protocols and processes in letter and spirit for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene at public health care facilities which will also complement these facilities to attain National Quality Standards.
He advised the officers of Health Department to work with an attitude of performing, giving and contributing. Dr. Bhandari unveiled a book on Bio-Medical Waste Management authored by Dr. Narinder Bhatiyal, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Udhampur.
He also thanked Dr.Parminder Gautam, Senior Consultant and Dr.Sushant Aggarwal, Consultant,resource persons from NHSRC, MoH&FW and National Health Mission for this initiative and urged upon all the health care service providers across the State to adopt these quality standards at their institutions/ facilities and contribute towards achieving a better health outcome in an effective and time bound manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohan Singh said that the aim of NHM is to provide equitable, accessible, affordable and quality health care services for all. He made a brief presentation on “Improving Quality” at health care facilities and stressed upon community action, financial protection, facility preparedness, human resource, SOPs, logistics management and accountability to achieve the benchmarks of quality. He added that Quality Assurance (QA) is cyclical process which needs to be continuously monitored against defined standards and measurable elements. He thanked NHSRC consultants for their support and for making this workshop a learning process in-stead of mere training workshop.
Dr.Baldev Raj Sharma, Director Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization, J&K in his address stressed that quality is the core and most important aspect of services being rendered at any health care facility.

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