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Prime minister Narendra Modi instructed the health ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among doctors and health officials in public sector. Photo: Bloomberg
Prime minister Narendra Modi instructed the health ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among doctors and health officials in public sector. Photo: Bloomberg

Narendra Modi pushes for improvement in efficiency of healthcare

The prime minister expressed concern over the high rate of child and maternal mortality besides prevalence of diseases like encephalitis

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pushed for substantial improvement in the efficiency of schemes and mechanisms in the health sector as he expressed concern over the high rate of child and maternal mortality besides prevalence of diseases like encephalitis.

Chairing a meeting on healthcare in New Delhi, he instructed health ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among doctors and health officials in public sector.

He also called for institutionalising a comprehensive database, containing individual health records, which could be eventually linked to the Aadhaar system.

Modi said that in order to achieve the desired goal of health for all, there is a need to substantially improve the efficiency of existing mechanisms and schemes, a PMO statement said.

Giving an example of insurance, he suggested establishing synergy in all schemes for the health sector being run by the central and state governments.

Reviewing progress of key health indicators such as under-5 mortality rate and Maternal Mortality Ratio, he asked for specific identification of worst-performing districts, and even within them, particular blocks which required maximum attention.

Modi said these areas should be targeted in a two-pronged approach — prioritised health intervention and appropriate social interventions to dispel local beliefs and customs that may be hindering progress. Animation films should be shown to women in health centres immediately post-delivery, to promote good health and nutrition habits.

He said simple technology interventions such as SMS should be used to reach ASHA workers across the country on a real- time basis.

Expressing concern over the prevalence of diseases like encephalitis, especially among children, Modi asked officials to prepare a roadmap to tackle such diseases, just like natural disasters and other national calamities are tackled.

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