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Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card



Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

“A significant steps towards Digital India and for easy access of health services to the common man”: Shri J P Nadda
Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched two major Digital initiatives to provide easy access to health services to the public: GIS-enabled HMIS application and the self-printing of e-CGHS cards, here today. Launching these initiatives of the Health Ministry, the Union Minister stated that the Health Ministry remains committed to strengthening public health systems and providing user-friendly health services in the country. He further stated that that this will provide a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen and enhance the reach of key interventions.

Terming these as significant and forward looking steps contributing to Digital India, Shri J P Nadda said: “The initiative will not only monitor the performance and quality of the health services being provided under the NHM, but will also provide effective healthcare to the rural population throughout the country”. The GIS-enabled HMIS services will provide comprehensive data on a GIS platform on 1.6 lakh Government Health facilities spread across the country. The project has been developed with the objective of enabling the effective usage of the HMIS application, enhancing analytical capabilities of States/UTs and providing a geographical display of HMIS data using GIS. The application also has scope of incorporating map layers of roads and water bodies which will provide comprehensive information regarding health facilities and disease vulnerable areas of the country. At present, the application is available in login domain of HMIS portal. It is planned to put it in public domain in near future. Moreover, the mapping provides data only on public health facilities presently, which shall soon be expanded to cover private facilities also, the Union Minister informed.

Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based monitoring system that has been put in place by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to monitor its health programmes and provide key inputs for policy formulation and interventions. It was launched during October, 2008 with uploading of district consolidated figures. To make HMIS more robust and effective and in order to facilitate local level monitoring, “facility based reporting” was initiated since April, 2011. At present, 1.94 lakh health facilities (across all States/UTs) are uploading facility wise data on monthly basis on HMIS web portal. Data are presently being made available to various stakeholders in the form of standard & customized reports, factsheets, score- cards etc. HMIS data are widely used by the Ministry and States for policy planning, monitoring and supervision purpose.

The Union Health Minister, while launching the self-printing of the E-CGHS card, stated that this will provide ease and access to all those beneficiaries such as the pensioners who may find it difficult to go to the CGHS centres for renewal, and in the event of loss/misplacement of the card. As this can be printed from any location once the process of application based on authentic documents has been approved, this enables easy reprinting by the beneficiary himself/herself. The beneficiary can access this facility by visiting the CGHS portal at cghs.nic.in where simple steps for this have been enumerated.

Also present at the meeting were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), and senior officers of the Health Ministry. 

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Shri J P Nadda at 3rd meeting of Mission Steering Group of NHM: Focus of NHM is on Devolution, Decentralisation and timely responsiveness
“NHM will focus on devolution, decentralization and timely responsiveness to enhance the reach and effectiveness of the health programmes under the National Health Mission.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as he inaugurated the 3rd meeting of the Mission Steering Group of the National Health Mission (NHM), here today. Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs and Shri Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog were also present.

Enumerating the many achievements under the NHM, the Union Health Minister stated that there have been several notable accomplishments such as the expansion in full immunization coverage through Mission Indradhanush, which is almost 5% increase in one year compared to the earlier rate of about just 1%; introduction of newer vaccines with launch of IPV and Rotavirus vaccine recently in the country’s UIP; increase in institutional deliveries and in the basket of contraceptives; capacity building of states through health systems strengthening approach which has benefited many programmes at the grass roots level; Kayakalp through emphasis on practices and protocols for enhancing sanitation and cleanliness in all government health facilities; new initiatives in the TB progamme such as induction of 600 CBNAAT machines and launching of Bedaquiline, a new anti-TB drug for Drug Resistant TB at six referral sites; and recent announcements under the Budget such as the Health Protection scheme and free Dialysis centres in all districts.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu mentioned about the initiatives being taken by the Urban Development Ministry towards healthy living through the Smart Cities, which will have well defined protocols for waste management, drinking water and sanitation and cleanliness. He stated the quality of services provided in all public health institutions should be uniform and should attract the public. He also suggested that field health workers should be engaged as motivators for behavior change among the communities. City Livelihood Center (CLC) could be used as effective platforms to improve the outreach of the National Health Mission.

The MSG of the NHM discussed various agenda points including enhancement of reach, outlay and facilities within components of the NHM; immunization; capacity building of health workers; national blindness control programme; leprosy programme; and the NUHM.

Many suggestions were also made by the non-official members of the MSG such as taking up daily regimen at one go across the country for TB, increasing the basket of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) strengthening and synergizing surveillance with introduction of vaccines.

The Health Minister stated that the meeting offered a valuable and useful platform for candid discussion on several issues, and a wider perspective from a wide section of experts which will enable to enhance quality and effictiveness of the NHM. He further added that the suggestions would be taken into consideration to guide the roadmap on interventions to be taken up.

Secretary (HFW) Shri B P Sharma; Shri C K Mishra, AS & MD (NHM) and other senior officers of the health Ministry were also present at the meeting. Representatives from Ministries of AYUSH, Tribal Affairs, WCD, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Urban development, Department of Higher Education, Social Justice and Empowerment were also present at the meeting, along with members from the civil society and other experts in the field of healthcare.  

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