2nd North East Healthcare Summit concludes

Gangtok, September 10 (MExN): The 2nd North East Healthcare Summit concluded on September 9 at Gangtok stressing on collaboratively strengthening health systems amongst all North East States to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


The summit was organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with the Ministry of Development of North East Region (MDoNER), the Government of Sikkim and the Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital (STNM), Gangtok, Sikkim, from September 8-9.


The summit was also organized as the 100 years celebration of STNM Hospital, Gangtok. It was held “with an aim to strengthen health systems and explore emergent avenues and platforms for collaboration between various agencies and stakeholders in the north-east region,” a PHFI release said.


The key take away from the summit revolved around strong political will for a robust health system, adoption of people – public centric approaches, community involvement, convergence of programs, strengthening of existing system, accountability, redirecting focus as per needs of the states, it stated.


The summit saw representation from the respective North Eastern states including Secretary, Health Meghalaya, Shangpliang and Mission Director of NHM, Mizoram Lalrozama, RRC, MoHFW, Bamin Tada amongst other high end officials from the states and representatives from WHO,UNICEF and experts and academia from across the country.