Arunachal Pradesh is gradually striding ahead in terms of providing efficient healthcare services to citizens of the State, said Dr Kinny Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission & Special Secretary, Department of Health, Arunachal Pradesh, while speaking at 4th annual healthcare summit Rajasthan held recently in Jaipur.
Talking about steps taken by the State Government to strengthen healthcare delivery, Singh said: “We have recently launched a health insurance scheme, Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojana, which will provide health insurance cover to all citizens of the State. To empower the district health societies, the State is providing a special flexi fund known as ‘Rogi Kalyan Kosh’.”
“We have started State’s first medical college recently. It will help us to reduce staff crunch in the State. The model rural health research unit is also underway,” Singh added.
Shedding light on innovative practices to enhance patient care, she said: “We are working on teleradiology solutions and free pathology services on PPP (Public-private partnership) mode. Our insurance scheme is not confined to low-income groups but we have covered every single citizen of our State through it.”
“Arunachal Pradesh has also allocated a fund for renal care to help the end-stage kidney patients and started an IGNOU certified bridge course for ASHAs so that they can upgrade their skill to become ANMs.”
“Our health department also started mobile medical units. Unfortunately, it didn’t give desired results to us as vehicles were big in size and difficult to get into hill roads. So, we have brought into small mobile vans in place of units to cover every remote hilly area,” Singh said speaking on the occasion.
Listing out the steps for women and child care, she said: “Our health department has started to organise at least three medical camps for screening of every citizen for non-communicable disease.”
“To reduce childhood mortality, the health department has started Measles-Rubella vaccinations campaign in February 2017. The second phase has been completed and we have achieved more than our target.”
Dr Singh said the State was also mulling to start health and wellness center and a robust drug procurement system soon.