New Delhi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said National Health Mission’s National Summit is a celebration of ideas, innovations and knowledge sharing and ‘we all must take back these and ensure that we implement at-least a few of them.’
Dr Vardhan inaugurated the Sixth National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations along with Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister and Gujarat Minister of Health & Family Welfare Nitinbhai Ratilal Patel and Dr Vinod K Paul, Member (Health), NITI AAYOG at Gandhinagar (Gujarat), an official statement here said.
Calling the Summit as the aggregating ground of new ideas, thoughts and expression, the Union Health Minister said, “MoHFW endeavors to foster cross learning amongst the State Governments, NGOs, Healthcare organizations and other academic institutions so that these work in concordance to achieve the overarching public health goals.”
Dr Vardhan suggested that similar to the National NHM Summit, the states also can have state, regional conferences for sharing of knowledge within the districts. ‘Let the national knowledge and ideas be transmitted to the districts level health workers, functionaries through the state/regional conferences,’ he said.
In addition to presenting best practices, states must also emulate and roll out the best practices from other states, he stressed the importance of self-auditing for performance assessment.
Dr Vardhan also highlighted the noteworthy achievements in the health sector during the past few years such as Ayushman Bharat, Telemedicine, NHP 2017, Medical Education, and Health Systems Strengthening.
Mr Choubey appreciated the efforts made by the Centre and States to reach out to the beneficiaries and provide access to quality healthcare services. He said “The Summit provides a valuable platform for sharing of knowledge and experiences. This will immensely contribute to meeting our health outcomes”.
Dr Paul addressing the summit emphasized the importance of system level change for greater strides in healthcare and termed NHM as great program for healthcare delivery to the populace.
He said, ‘There are seven building blocks for the future advances in the health sector- focused stewardship, adequate finance, capable HR, health commodities, service delivery which is equity & quality driven, information systems, and community participation for social and behavior change.”
The Summit saw the launch of SAANS campaign i.e. “Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully” to control Pneumonia. This campaign will mobilize people’s for protecting and preventing children from pneumonia; and health personnel, governments & other stakeholders to prioritize treatment towards the control of Pneumonia — one of the most fatal childhood illnesses.
The initiative also aims to create mass awareness about the most effective solutions for pneumonia prevention like breast feeding, age appropriate complementary feeding, immunization, good quality air.
The web portal for home based care of children including newborn visited by ASHA, was also launched at the Summit. The dignitaries also unveiled the Coffee Table Book documenting the Good and Replicable Practices presented during the Summit.