Participants of the media workshop on ‘Building Effective Communication Pathway for Public Health in the North-East’ held in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 7.
Morung Express News
Gangtok | September 7
Concerned that the NE states fall below many health parameters, Director of the Regional Resource Centre, MoHFW for North-East states, Dr. Bamin Tada today stated that due to lack of health regulatory policies, poor private investments, demographic imbalance and geo-political situations, the health sector in the North East states has not been able to notch up a level.
Dr tada was speaking at the media workshop entitled ‘Building Effective Communication Pathway for Public Health in the North-East’ held at Hotel Heritage, Gangtok today. How does the media report or dispel news on public health? This was one of the subject matters in the workshop.
The workshop was organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PFHI) at the backdrop of the 2nd North East Health Care Summit 2017 in partnership with the Ministry of Development of the North East Region (MDoNER), the Government of Sikkim and the Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital (STNM) from September 8 and 9.
Dr. Tada disclosed the key challenges in the health sector and underscored the importance of strong political will, improved health budget and communication system and viable community participants to overcome the barriers in achieving the goals of all health related schemes.
The workshop saw participation by health care professionals, government health departments, academia, media and other stakeholders, who delved on mutually agreed ways for successful communication in improving the health sector in the North-East region.
As a panellist, MP of Sikkim, PD Rai referred to the ‘Parliamentarians’ roundtable and healthcare in North East India’ held recently, and pointed out that the parliamentarians of the NE states had raised the issue of absence of medical colleges in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram, thereby indicating shortage of medical professionals and staff in rural and remote areas and lack of adequate infrastructure.
He also stressed on the need to strengthen PHCs and establish rehabilitation centres to deal with the problems of drugs, intoxicants and tobacco. He also informed that the roundtable discussion pinned on increasing focus on research and awareness creation and promotion of entrepreneurship in the health sector.
PHFI NE Region In-charge, Dr. Priscilla C Ngaihte informed that better performing states in the country have more public investment in health. Stressing on the role of progressive legislations, she opined that the right to health should be made a ‘fundamental right’ to move towards ensuring universal health entitlements to every citizen.
Professor of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Subash Hira; Director General cum Secretary HSFW K, Bhandari; Consulting Editor, CNN, Karma Palijor; Associate Editor, Network 18, Subhojit Sengupta and Editor, The Sikkim Express, Amit Patro also spoke on the occasion.
The 2nd North East Health Care Summit 2017 is set to commence on September 8 with an objective to strengthen focus on key health issues in the North-East region, explore emergent avenues for collaboration and provide a platform for interaction between various agencies and stakeholders such as healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers, government officials, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
This year’s summit is said to be concentrating on emerging health concerns in the region with a special emphasis on the current scenario in the North East and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The themes for this year’s summit are: mental health & substance abuse, non-communicable diseases, health policy, service delivery & health systems strengthening and environmental health.
The workshop was part of PHFI’s media outreach programme under the Swastha Uttar Purv initiative.
The workshop was a part of the PHFI’s media outreach under the Swastha Uttar Purv initiative, with press invitees from NE states as an attempt to build capacity not only amongst journalists to write and cover public health issues, but also to understand from the media the kind of information and packaging they require from health researchers, public health specialists, the government and academia on key health issues.