Nagaland launches Health & Wellness centre prog

Nagaland launches Health & Wellness centre prog
Minister Pangnyu Phom speaking at the launch of Health & Wellness centre programme under Ayushman Bharat held at Urban Primary Health Centre, Seikhazou, Kohima on August 9. (DIPR Photo)


Kohima, August 9 (MExN): The Department of Health and Family Welfare launched Health & Wellness centre programme under Ayushman Bharat on August 9 at Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), Seikhazou, Kohima.
Minister for Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), Pangnyu Phom launched the programme which consisted of two components: National Health Protection Scheme and Health and Wellness Center, informed a DIPR report.


Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India envisages to upgrade all the 1.5 lakh Sub-Centre to Health & Wellness Centre by December 2022 and assured that in line with the Government of India plan, Nagaland has also committed to upgrade the 56 Sub-centre, two PHC and three UPHC to Health & Wellness Centre in phase wise manner during the financial year 2018-19.


In Nagaland, he said that UPHC-Seikhazou Kohima is the first center to be upgraded to Health & Wellness Centre followed by UPHC Duncan and UPHC Burma Camp in Dimapur.


The Minister, while highlighting the outline of Health & Welfare Centre under Ayushman Bharat, said the concept of this project is to treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes which is very high in Nagaland and provide comprehensive primary health care and have a space for provision of practicing wellness activities such as spiritual activities, exercise, yoga etc. He also assured that qualified nurses trained in Certificate Course in Community Health will be posted in all SC-Health & Wellness Centre and requested the community to utilize the services and the Health Centre Management Committee to give full support to the staff.


He thanked the people for donating a plot to establish a Medical College which our state lacks and called upon the community for their cooperation, advice, guidance and requested the community to see to any problems that arise when the work starts. He also said that the college will be a great benefit for the state especially the citizens of Kohima.


Commissioner & Secretary, Himato Zhimomi congratulated the PHC team and added that Seikhazou UPHC team is the benchmark for the PHC and CHC across the state. The challenge, he said, after setting up all these wellness centres is how to ramp them up and convert them and make the society happy. He hoped that the staff will rise up to the challenge and create a new type of concept for the Nagas and be a role model to the rest of the country.


The programme was chaired by Addl. Director, DoH&FW, Dr. Bendangmenla Longkumer and State Program Officer of National Health Mission, Dr. Thanghoi Lam presented the vote of thanks.


‘Bringing healthcare closer to homes’


In his keynote address Mission Director, National Health Mission, Nagaland, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru said that current issues which India is facing such as: Primary Health Care in India being selective and limited to RCH (Reproductive and Child Health programme); communicable diseases which addresses only about 20% of health care needs, low utilization of public health facilities, epidemiologic transition; and four major NCDs (non-communicable diseases); cancer, CVD, diabetes, and respiratory diseases which account for nearly 62% of all deaths in India are being addressed by the MoHFW with upgradation of all 1.5 lakh SCs to Health and Wellness Centre in the country for provision of comprehensive primary healthcare by December 2022.


He further stated that the key principle of this programme is to bring healthcare closer to homes. These H&W centre will be equipped with comprehensive laboratory, pharmacy, IT system, essential drugs and supplies and proper infrastructure with provision for wellness activities.

• Care in Pregnancy and Child-birth
• Neonatal and Infant Health Care Services
• Childhood and Adolescent Health Care Services
• Family Planning, Contraceptive Services and other Reproductive Health Care Services
• Management of Communicable Diseases: National Health Programmes
• General Out-patient Care for Acute Simple Illnesses and Minor Ailments
• Screening, Prevention, Control and Management of Non-communicable Diseases
• Care for Common Ophthalmic and ENT Problems
• Basic Oral Health Care
• Elderly and Palliative Healthcare Services
• Emergency Medical Services including Burns and Trauma
• Screening and Basic Management of Mental Health Ailments

He further urged the community to utilize the services provided in all health care facilities. He also requested the community to extend their full cooperation with the Department and to the staffs posted in the villages in particular.