Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews progress on Kala Azar and Leprosy

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews progress on Kala Azar and Leprosy

Directs for aggressive campaign for their removal from affected States

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare reviewed the progress in the national programmes for Leprosy and Kala Azar, here today. Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), Dr Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR) and DG (ICMR), Dr. (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Shri K B Agarwal, Addl. Secretary and other senior officials of the Health Ministry were also present on this occasion.

The Union Health Minister was briefed on the progress towards elimination of Kala Azar in the affected States (Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh) covering issues such as availability of the synthetic Pyrethroid spray, manpower availability to operate the stirrup pumps, awareness campaigns undertaken by the States etc. Shri Nadda has directed for aggressive campaigns to be carried out for meeting the target dates for elimination of Kala Azar from the endemic districts. The Health Minister has also directed the Ministry to work in close coordination with the States and review the progress made by the States in the next three months.

Shri Nadda also reviewed the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP). The Health Minister was briefed on the various initiates undertaken under the programme. In order to improve detection of new cases of leprosy, an intensive house-to-house Leprosy Case Detection Drive in a campaign mode has been conducted in 50 high endemic districts in seven states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. More than 60,000 new cases were detected through this aggressive detection drive. Secretary (DHR) stated that an online reporting software with patient-tracking facility is being developed which will assist in more effective tracking and monitoring of the cases. A GIS application to correlate the distribution of the disease with epidemiological factors is already operational. Also, a taskforce with various stakeholders from different Ministries has been formed for mainstreaming of Leprosy colonies.

The Union Health Minister has directed that the active case detection drive shall be expanded to cover 163 districts, while the drive shall continue in the present 50 districts. The Union Minister and Secretary (HFW) shall review progress made by the States after three months. An expert committee shall be formed under the Chairpersonship of DG (ICMR) to recommend introduction of Mycobacterium Indicus Pranii (MIP) vaccine as an immune-prophylaxis in the high endemic states. Emphasizing on the need for enhancing awareness about the disease and sensitizing people on issues of social stigma surrounding it, Shri Nadda has also directed for a high visibility multi-media IEC campaign to be undertaken in these States among the affected communities along with capacity building of the medical and para-medical staff.


On World Health Day, Health Minister launches new health initiatives and Mobile APPS

Need to focus on the adolescents and youth for prevention of lifestyle diseases: Shri J P Nadda

“We need to focus on the youth and adolescents of the country in our efforts to prevent and combat lifestyles diseases such as Diabetes”, stated Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the occasion of ‘World Health Day’, here today. He added that prevention and awareness about non-communicable diseases which are largely linked with our way of living, dietary habits, lack of exercise etc., will go a long way in ensuring that the country remains healthy. India can reap the benefits of its demographic dividend only when the youth of the country grow up to be healthy citizens, he stated.

Celebrating the World Health Day, the Health Minister today launched several new e-health and m-health initiatives. Shri J P Nadda launched the ‘Swasth Bharat Mobile application’ and ‘ANM Online application-ANMOL’. ANMOL is a tablet-based application that allows ANMs to enter and updated data for beneficiaries of their jurisdiction. This will ensure more prompt entry and updation of data as well as improve the data quality since the data will be entered “at source” by providers of health services themselves. The Minister stated that since the Application is Aadhaar-enabled, it will help in authentication of the records of field workers and beneficiaries.

As part of this event the Health Minister also launched ‘E-RaktKosh initiative.’ It is an integrated Blood Bank Management Information System that has been conceptualized and developed after multiple consultations with all stakeholders. This web-based mechanism interconnects all the Blood Banks of the State into a single network. The Integrated Blood Bank MIS refers the acquisition, validation, storage and circulation of various live data and information electronically regarding blood donation and transfusion service. Such system is able to assemble heterogeneous data into legible reports to support decision making from effective donor screening to optimal blood dissemination in the field. Shri J P Nadda said that this initiative will be of great use to persons and families in need of blood transfusion. The Application launched today will enable not only information of the nearest blood bank on a mobile but also of the availability of the particular blood group in a given radius, he stated.

Launching another mobile application ‘India Fights Dengue’, Shri J P Nadda said that this application will find wide use. As the fight against Vector Borne Diseases, especially Dengue, can be won only with effective community participation, this App empowers the community members how to contribute towards prevention of Dengue, added Shri J P Nadda.

The Health Minister also released the Guidelines for Dialysis Centre in a PPP Mode. He stated that soon every district in the country will have the facility of a Dialysis Centre operated under the PPP mode to leverage the potential of the private sector. These expanded facilities will help the renal disorder patients and reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure incurred on dialysis, the Health Minister stated.

At the event, Shri J P Nadda also unveiled the findings of the ICMR India DIABetes [INDIAB] Study Phase I, along with WHO Global Report on Diabetes, WHO India Technical Report on Diabetes in India. “These will have a wealth of information to guide and fine-tune health policy,” said Shri J P Nadda. He also informed that the Ministry, along with World Health Organization (WHO), has taken the lead and developed a Multi-Sectoral Action Plan involving nearly 40 Ministries and Departments. He further added that we must continue efforts to make this Multi-Sectoral Action Plan a success.

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, MoS (Health) stressed on the importance of awareness generation regarding non-communicable diseases. He stated that traditional systems of medicine within the AYUSH systems have the potential to prevent and treat many NCDs. He also stated that as part of the efforts to mainstream AYUSH in the country’s healthcare system, AYUSH Centers have been started in many AIIMS and AIIMS-like Institutions.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Jitendra Singh, MoS (DONER and PMO) highlighted the breaking down of the rural-urban divide in terms of dietary habits, lifestyle and prevalence of diseases patterns. He stated the increasing prevalence of diabetes among the younger population is a matter of grave concern. These thoughts were echoed by Mr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India who noted that the trends in India map with the global trends where fast growing urbanization is followed with a shift from communicable to non-communicable diseases.
Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), Dr Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR) and DG (ICMR), Dr. (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Shri C K Mishra, AS & MD (NHM), Dr A K Panda and other senior officers of the Health Ministry, representatives of WHO and other development partners were also present on this occasion.  

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