Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducts 10th CRM of J&K

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 15: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India conducted 10th Common Review Mission (CRM) of Jammu and Kashmir with the objective to review the progress of implementation of National Health Mission (NHM), identify constraints faced by State, document best practices and innovations and to make recommendations to improve program implementation in the State.
CRM team comprised of 17 members including senior officers and consultants from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI AYOG, Mission Steering Group, National Health Systems Resource Centre was headed by Rathi Balachandran, Additional Director General, Government of India.
The team conducted eight days exhaustive review of implementation of National Health Mission Anantnag and Ramban for observing the health care services being delivered at various levels. The team paid visit to two district hospitals, 6 SDH/CHCs, 12 PHCs, 10 Sub Centres, 4 AWCs and some schools and villages.
During the course of visit, the team interacted with ASHAs, AWWs, local community members, PRIs, school staff and students.
While interacting with the ASHAs, team found them very active, enthusiastic, vibrant and knowledgeable who are maintaining regular contacts with the pregnant ladies and for their regular check up of immunization of young children.
CRM team was highly satisfied by the working of Health Department even during the unrest in Kashmir valley. They also observed that case load on Maternity and Child Care Hospital Anantnag is very high and efforts were made by the authorities to comply with the case load.
The team also visited Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Kashmir and observed the trainings on basic life support and advanced life support conducted in the institute. The team stated that the institute has the world class simulators which will definitely help doctors and paramedical staff to upgrade their skills for better patient. The team suggests that such kind of infrastructure should be replicated in other States of India and the Ministry will ensure that the representatives of other States to visit Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Kashmir for the purpose.
The team made some recommendations to improve the programme implementation in the State like Bio-Medical Waste Management in scientific way, initiation of National Dialysis Service Program, reducing referrals to tertiary care hospitals, mass screening of non communicable diseases, introduction of HR Policy and integration of HR from vertical programmes, notification of free diagnostic services, convergence with ICDS at village level and Operationalisation of 102 call centre for ambulance services.
On behalf of Health Minister Bali Bhagat, Dr MK Bhandari, Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, who chaired the debriefing session alongwith Dr Mohan Singh Mission Director NHM, J&K, Director Health Services Kashmir, Director Health Services, Jammu and Director Family Welfare, J&K, assured the team that all the recommendations put forth by them will be implemented in letter and spirit.


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