Health & wellness centres launched in Nagaland

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Dimapur, August 9: The Department of Health and Family Welfare launched Health & Wellness centres program under Ayushman Bharat on Wednesday at Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), Seikhazou, Kohima. Minister for Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), Pangnyu Phom launched the programme which consisted of two components- National Health Protection Scheme and Health and Wellness Center.
Pangnyu Phom said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare envisages to upgrade all the 1.5 lakh sub-centres to health & wellness centres by December 2022 and assured that in line with the Government of India plan, Nagaland has also committed to upgrade the 56 sub-centres, 2 PHC and 3 UPHC to health & wellness centres in phase wise manner during the financial year 2018-19.
In Nagaland, he said that UPHC-Seikhazou Kohima is the first center to be upgraded to health & wellness centre followed by UPHC Duncan and UPHC Burma Camp in Dimapur.
The minister also thanked the people for donating a plot to establish a Medical College and called upon the community for their cooperation, advice, guidance and to see to any problems that arise when the work starts. He also said that the college will be a great benefit for the state especially the citizens of Kohima.
In his keynote address Mission Director, National Health Mission, Nagaland, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru stated that the key principle of the programme is to bring healthcare closer to homes. These H&W centres will be equipped with comprehensive laboratory, pharmacy, IT system, essential drugs and supplies and proper infrastructure with provision for wellness activities. He urged the community to utilize the services provided in all health care facilities
Commissioner & Secretary, Himato Zhimomi congratulated the PHC team and added that Seikhazou UPHC team is the benchmark for the PHC and CHC across the state. The challenge, he said, after setting up all these wellness centres is how to ramp them up and convert them and make the society happy. He hoped that the staff will rise up to the challenge and create a new type of concept for the Nagas and be a role model to the rest of the country.
(Page News Service)