Need synergy between instts to counter India’s public health issues: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: “It is because of our strength of active community surveillance that we have been able to do effective contact tracing of cases of COVID-19 in India,” said Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, here today, while presiding over the 43rd Annual Day of the National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW).

Emphasising the role of Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres in countering public health challenges through a focus on preventive and positive health, Vardhan said, “Public health is being strengthened through Ayushman Bharat – Health & Wellness Centres, with screening for blood pressure, diabetes, three types of cancers, leprosy and others. With the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, there is a need for enhanced focus on preventive health. This has been prioritized in the National Health Policy 2017, as well.”

Noting the importance of co-operation among different institutions, he further added, “Synergy between organisations is needed to avoid duplication of efforts especially for organisations in public health. There is huge potential in our institutions but only some of them are utilising their full potential. This is the right time for everyone to put efforts into micro-diagnosis, such as a final push for a reduction in MMR, IMR, U5MR. To achieve this objective, fine-tuning of our strategy, as well as a rethinking of our policies, is needed. A new approach needs to be taken and research & training organisations and public health institutions have to take a lead role. Renewed enthusiasm and dynamic energy is required to achieve this,” he added.

Vardhan presented academic awards during the function. He also awarded best employees of the year.

The National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW) is situated in Delhi and was established in 1977. NIHFW is an organisation under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for capacity building through training of health professionals, frontline health workers, other central and state officers & healthcare staff.

On the occasion of 43rd Annual Day of NIHFW, DS Gangwar, AS&FA, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Harshad Thakur, Director, NIHFW, V.K Tiwari, Dean, NIHFW along with officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and NIHFW were present during the meeting.

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