Dimapur, October 31: Mission Director, National Health Mission, Nagaland, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru on Saturday inaugurated the upgradation of Thilixu Sub-Center to Health & Wellness Center.
Dr Kevichusa Medikhru stated that Health & Wellness Center (HWC) is a part of the Government of India’s initiative under Ayushman Bharat to provide to free access to healthcare and provide comprehensive primary health care. The other component of Ayushman Bharat being the Pradhan Mantra Jan Arogya Yojana which provide free access for those needing special hospitilization and treatment.
He informed that HWC has been created by transforming the existing sub-center and would deliver comprehensive primary health care bringing healthcare closer to the homes of people covering both maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services and recently telemedicine as well.
He stated that nowadays most people suffer from non-communicable disease such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc which in the future leads to cancer, kidney or heart problems. These major illnesses can be easily prevented if treated early. Thus the H&WC will provide comprehensive primary health care services as well as screen for NCD and cancer.
A Community Health Officer is being posted in a HWC who have been trained specially to provide these services. He urged the community to avail these services provided at their door steps. He further requested the community to take ownership of the health center and provide their support and co-operation to the health staff.
Dr H Hotokhu Chishi, Director (Dental) stated that the opening of a health center is for the upliftment of the community, and urged the community to avail the services provided. Unless the community uses the services provided, the need of the community will not be reflected in the HWC performance and thus no further improvement will be granted to the health center. He further stated that as the coverage area of the HU is large, the community must cooperate and support the health staff when needed. He also lauded that the health unit building was solely built by the Thilixu community.
Nikhevi Yeptho, chairman, Thilixu Village Council declared that the Thilixu community would provide any additional land or room needed for a fully functional health unit.
Prior to the function, the dedication of the HWC and invocation prayer was delivered by Rev. Dr. Hevukhu Achumi, Sr. Pastor, TVBC. The function was chaired by Dr. Mereninla Senlem, CMO Dimapur. (Page News Service)