UPHC Seikhazou: ‘First fully quality certified’ public health facilities in NE
Morung Express News
Kohima | June 30
The Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), Seikhazou has earned the tag of being the ‘first fully quality certified’ public health facilities in the North-East by the National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS), according a State health authority.
“UPHC, Seikhazou, Nagaland has been independently assessed & found to be in compliance with National Quality Assurance Standards for public health facilities by @MoHFW and is the first fully quality certified center in North East,” State Health and Family Welfare Minister (H&FW), S Pangnyu Phom informed in a tweet on June 30.
He further congratulated the National Heath Mission Team, Nagaland for the achievement.
UPHC Seikhazou was set up in May 22, 2014 as a part of NUHM and since then it has been “actively seeking to improve the health indicators of urban poor in Kohima,” its Facebook page informed.
Earlier, the UPHC Seikhazou was conferred KAYAKALP ‘A clean hospital initiative’ Award for 2016-17 as one of the best Public Health Centres in the state by the in Nagaland’s H&FW Department. For 2018-19, it won a ‘Commendation’ award in the same category.
The NQAS have been developed "keeping in the specific requirements for public health facilities as well global best practices and are currently available for District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Urban PHCs".
The National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), established in 2006 under the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, is the mandated agency for such certification.
According to NHSRC’s website, the NQAS standards are “primarily meant for providers to assess their own quality for improvement through pre defined standards and to bring up their facilities for certification.”
It is broadly arranged under 8 "Areas of Concern"– Service Provision, Patient Rights, Inputs, Support Services, Clinical Care, Infection Control, Quality Management and Outcome.
“These standards are ISQUA accredited and meets global benchmarks in terms of comprehensiveness, objectivity, evidence and rigour of development,” it added.