LS Speaker awards J&K first rank in IMR reduction

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, July 6: The State of J&K was today awarded for securing first rank for maximum reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in one year as per latest SRS at National Summit on “Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems” in India being held at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
The award was conferred to the State by Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha who presided over the National Summit. The inaugural session was attended by Fagan Singh Kulaste & Anupriya Patel; Union Ministers of State for Health & Family Welfare and Shri Rustam Singh, Health Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
The award was received by Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner/ Secretary to Health & Medical Education; Dr Mohan Singh, Mission Director, NHM, J&K; Dr Saleem Ur Rehman Director Health Services Kashmir and Dr Gurjeet Singh Director Health Services Jammu on behalf of the State.
Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health & Medical Education Department, congratulated and appreciated the role of Health Department especially Mission Director NHM, J&K; Director Health Services Jammu/ Kashmir and Director Family Welfare, J&K for bringing laurels to the State at National level.
The Health & Medical Education Department has made tremendous achievements under the leadership of Bali Bhagat, by implementing various Centrally Sponsored Schemes in health department.
In the Summit, the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had identified 500 State specific best practices across the country with regard to implementation of various interventions taken up under National Health Mission. Out of these, only 50 were selected as the Best Practices to be awarded in the 4th National Summit on “Good, Replicable  and Innovative Practice in Public Health Care Systems in India” at Indore Madhya Pradesh.
The best practices that were selected from Jammu & Kashmir State included (i) Role of Facility Based Newborn Care in reducing IMR in the State; (ii) Kashmir Skills & Simulation Centre- Trauma and emergency management programme and (iii) Screening and orientation of ASHAs on NCDs. In addition poster presentations on  (i) Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram; A camp based approach to reach the unreached and (ii) Convergence with ICDS Department for Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSA) in J&K were also presented.

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