CHC Katra becomes 1st Community Health Centre in UT to get NQAS certification

*Will receive grant of Rs 10K per bed

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 8: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has accorded National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) certification to Community Health Centre (CHC), Katra in Reasi district of the UT in recognition of the high standards of quality and performance maintained by the facility.
Official sources told Excelsior that CHC Katra has scored overall 86.9% and is meeting all criteria required for NQAS as communicated by Additional Secretary and Mission Director, Union MoHFW, in a letter addressed to the UT Government.
They informed that the two-member empanelled external assessors’ team, which examined the facilities in the hospital with effect from 27 to 29 February, has rated CHC Katra as Quality Certified under NQAS when it comes to hospital hygiene and quality standards.
“With receiving of NQAS certification, CHC Katra has become first Community Health Centre in the UT which will receive a grant of Rs 10,000 per bed from Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The certification will be for a period of three years, following which there will be re-inspection,” sources claimed.
Sources further informed first Government Hospital in J&K which got NQAS certification was District Hospital Udhampur, which got this recognition in July last year. Thereafter, DH Gandhi Nagar also received this recognition in August 2019 but and CHC Katra has become third Government hospital in the UT to get such recognition from the MOHFW.
Pertinent to mention here that Quality Certification program for public health facilities has been launched by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with aim of recognizing the good performing facilities as well improving credibility of public hospitals in community leading to Patient & Health Care providers’ satisfaction by following uniform and standard treatment protocols.
Certification is provided against National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) on meeting pre-determined criteria. The assessment is carried out by highly qualified and empanelled assessors starting with facility, district, State and National level and for certification, the facility has to score minimum of 70 percent at all the levels.
According highest priority to quality in healthcare delivery, the UT Government this year has undertaken to achieve NQAS certification for additional 10 health institutions comprising of District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and UPHCs.
Speaking on this achievement of CHC Katra, Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department said that this will go a long way in further improvement of health facilities in CHC Katra. He lauded Dr Renu Sharma, Director Health Services Jammu, Dr Pritam Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Reasi, Dr Gopal Dutt, Block Medical Officer, CHC Katra and Dr Vijay Raina, Divisional Nodal Officer, QAP for this achievement.