A recent evaluation of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme of the AYUSH Ministry carried by the Centre for Market Research and Social Development (CMRSD), New Delhi has lauded the scheme for its innovative and creative projects that are promoting AYUSH-based healthcare solutions in different parts of the country. The evaluation study further noted that all the CoEs have credible governance structures and have also raised competent groups of core staffs in the fields in which the projects function.
Under the CoE Scheme of the Ministry of AYUSH, support is provided to reputed AYUSH institutions for upgrading their functions and facilities to levels of excellence. The Centres of Excellence selected under this Scheme are the institutions that engaged in activities like Clinical Research, AYUSH Healthcare (hospitals), Research based on the fundamentals of AYUSH, Inter-disciplinary research in areas like pharmacognosy and pharmacology, Product development and bridging AYUSH and modern science.
The evaluation covered 18 Centres of Excellence from 10 different States, including Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Kerala. The purpose of the evaluation exercise was to assess the impact of the CoEs in achieving the objectives of the Scheme, and in assessing challenges, if any, faced by the organization for achieving the standards fixed by Ministry.
The evaluation of the Scheme carried out by M/s CMRSD was based on the Explorative, Descriptive and Analytical-Research approach. Both secondary research and primary research were conducted as part of the evaluation.
The healthcare services provided by these Centres include integrated cancer treatment incorporating Ayurveda solutions, Ayurvedic treatment for conditions like bronchial asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, geriatric care through Regimental Therapy (Ilaj bil tadbeer) of Unani medicine, quality ophthalmologic care through Ayurveda and Homoeopathic care for disability.
Some of the centres have produced results in areas critical for modernization and development of AYUSH practices, practices like tissue culture and genetic mapping critical for studies of medicinal plants, creation of pharmacopial drugs atlas and pharmacopial monographs, standardizing of operating procedures specific drugs of Ayurveda and Siddha and establishing practices of documentation and treatment protocols for specific disease conditions.
A major finding was that through the innovative and creative projects taken up by these Centres, they not only promoted AYUSH systems, but also provided health care at quality hospitals having NABH accreditation. These CoEs have also succeeded in conducting Clinical Research for various diseases, Drug standardization, upgrading Quality Testing Laboratory and conducting research on medicinal plants. They also reached out to the public by developing IEC materials for dissemination of services. Further, they promoted Scientific Manufacturing of ASU drugs.
The study further observed that all the institutions given financial assistance under the scheme are of repute, financially sound, implementing the scheme as per the norms and objectives of the scheme and are serving the public well.
The distribution of CoEs studied covers the States of Telangana (Hyderabad) – 1, Karnataka (Bangalore) – 1, Kerala (Kottakal, Thrissur-2, Ernakulum) – 4, Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Coimbatore and Thanjavur) – 3, Uttarakhand (Almora) – 1, Uttar Pradesh (Saharanpur) – 1, West Bengal (Kolkata and Durgapur) – 2, Himachal Pradesh (Mandi and Kangra) – 2, Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) – 1 and Maharashtra (Pune and Mumbai) – 2.
The geographic coverage analysis of the CoEs indicated that the CoEs are spread out across the country and that the impact of the projects is being felt in their regions as well as across the country. Further, majority of the CoEs informed that they didn’t face any issue in achieving the standard fixed by the Ministry.
The study found that beds are reserved for EWS patients in all the hospitals where IPD facility is available. Thus the CoEs are making a notable contribution in supporting the healthcare needs of the weaker sections. OPD data of CoEs reflects that more than 3 lakhs patients every year are being treated and are availing the specialist services in these centres.
More than 30 thousand IPD bed occupancy every year are reported by the CoE hospitals. The study observed that most of the OPD and IPD patients are satisfied with the treatment being provided by the CoEs and with the facilities available in the centre.
Study observed that the efforts made by the CoEs in terms of research projects and research paper publication (44 in numbers) in national and international journals are notable. Research projects are being done and from the research projects papers are being published in the research journals. Further, about 2000 raw materials standardization efforts have been completed by the CoEs.
The study has noted that I.T. needs to be inducted more rigorously at these Centres. Presently, most of the CoEs (16 in number) didn’t use software for management of database.
The study suggested orientation cum review meetings (annually) coordinated by AYUSH Ministry to address all the mplementation issues as well support/ guidance in documentation (online/ offline) and achieving the scheme objectives/ standards. Another recommendation related to information of CoE on the respective websites.
It was observed that very few organizations have uploaded the information of CoE on their website. It would be ideal if all the grantee organizations to design a dedicated page (in their website) or a website for CoE. It was also recommended that in order to expand the ambit of the scheme and create awareness, ‘success stories’ of the CoEs in terms of significant achievement need to be publicized widely.
This may be done by circulating these stories by making short films based on the ‘before-and-after’ scenarios. Such success stories will inspire other organizations to be more experimental as well as motivate them to achieve the deliverables in time.
The findings were presented by M/s CMRSD to a panel of senior functionaries of the Ministry of AYUSH, chaired by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary to Government of India. Encouraged by the findings, the panel decided to explore the feasibility of the CoE Scheme and of expanding its scope. (Source - PIB)
The Centre has provided a much needed boost to healthcare sector with a 127 per cent hike in the Budgetary allocation to the sector in fiscal year 2021-22. Rs 2,23,846 crore has been outlaid for the fiscal year with multiple promises to ramp up medical facilities in the coming five years.
Funds are also allocated separately for Covid-19 vaccination, as well as allocations for urban sanitation, liquid waste management, water supply, mitigation of air pollution and nutrition.
The hike provided to the ovrerall healthcare is Rs 1,29,394 crore, more than the last Budget. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Budget outlay for health and well-being is Rs 2,23,846 crore in 2021-22, as against only Rs 94,452 crore (in 2020-21) and it marks an increase of 137 per cent.
While the investment in health infrastructure has increased substantially, the government will commit more in the offing, the finance minister added.
While presenting the Budget, Sitharaman asserted that health and wellness is one of the six pillars of a self-reliant India.
The highlight of the latest Budget is a new scheme that the government proposed to launch with a vision for a robust healthcare system which is currently battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be launched with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore over six years. This scheme is in addition to the already existing National Health Mission (NHM).
The focus kept here is at a three-pronged, holistic approach to preventive, curative care & tertiary care, health research and well-being.
The latest scheme would provide support to over 17,000 rural and 11,000 urban health and wellness centres. Integrated public health laboratories would be established in all 739 districts. Additionally, the labs would be extended to 3,382 block public health units in eleven states.
The critical care facilities will be set-up in blocks at 602 districts and 12 central institutions. Fifteen health emergency operation centres and two mobile hospitals will also be set up.
Meanwhile, given the outbreak of Covid-19, the government has planned to strengthen its apex centres which work to monitor and control the communicable diseases. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), its five regional branches and 20 metropolitan health surveillance units will be given further support. A national institution for "One Health" -- a regional research platform for the World Health Organization's south-east Asia region office will also be set-up, in addition to nine bio-safety 'level 3' labs and four regional National Institutes of Virology (NIV)s, under the PMASBY.
The new health scheme is welcomed by the health industry leaders who called it a long-pending intervention.
"We (health industry) have repeatedly advised measures for robust investment in healthcare and I'm happy to see that a few of them have been implemented. Spending is critical for economic viability and this Budget has done a good balance in that. It is a significant initiative that we must proactively recommend and welcome," said Sangeeta Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group and Past President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospital Groups, said that the government now must look at the next crisis of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD)s. "They are projected to be responsible for 80 per cent of deaths and cause a $3.8 trillion burden to the country by 2030. While it is important to focus on prevention, early detection and possible cure to protect Indian families from grief, financial burden and to help the GDP grow, India having proven its clinical excellence, should now focus on clinical trials, research, innovation and technology to devise counters to NCDs crisis," he added. (IANS)
Kolkata- Ahead of the crucial state Assembly polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee boastfully announced Swasthya Sathi cards for all residents of the state as they can avail a health cover of up to Rs.5 lakh.
She had also sounded a warning saying if anyone refuses to give health care, the government has the power to cancel their licence. The CM said the state government had the right to cancel licences of private hospitals and nursing homes if they refuse to treat patients under the goverment's Swasthya Sathi health scheme.
But there have been several reports where patients, despite carrying Swasthya Sathi cards, were refused medical treatment at private hospitals in the state.
Swasthya Sathi is a flagship health insurance scheme launched by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government, providing health cover of up to Rs.5 lakh per annum to a family for secondary and tertiary care.
According to reports, at least two incidents were reported in the recent past where a septuagenarian patient, Mohammad Gaffar, with the card was denied treatment by private nursing home authorities at Siliguri's Matigara in Darjeeling district, leading to his death. The medical facility allegedly asked for cash from the patient's party which they couldn't provide in time.
In another incident, a patient named Sikha Rani Sen was denied treatment when she was taken to Kolkata's Red Plus Nursing Home near Baghajatin. The authorities refused to accept her state government health card and asked for a cash payment instead.
"The health scheme is for poor people. No one should harass poor people," Banerjee had said, asking patients' parties to lodge police complaints in case of any harassment.
Sources, however, said that private hospitals and nursing homes in Bengal are refusing to admit patients with Swasthya Sathi cards despite the CM's warning. Recently, Banerjee also instructed state chief secretary Alapan Bandhopadhyay to look into the matter, sources at the state secretariat Nabanno said. (IANS)
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme for 21 lakh families of Jammu & Kashmir. Under this scheme, all families in J&K will be able to receive free treatment up to Rs five lakh annually.The people of J&K will be able to take advantage of the scheme not only in the state but in the whole country.Launching the scheme through virtual medium, Prime Minister Modi said, "Today the Jammu & Kashmir Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme has been started. It will bring much ease in the lives of the people who will get free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh. Now the benefit of Ayushman Bharat scheme. Till now about 6 lakh families of the state were getting benefit of this scheme. But now all the 21 lakh families will get the same benefit.""There will be another benefit of this scheme which needs to be mentioned again and again. Your treatment will not be limited to government and private hospitals of Jammu & Kashmir only. But thousands of hospitals which are connected under this scheme in the country you will get this facility there too," Modi said.Describing this day as historic, Modi said that from today all people of Jammu & Kashmir are going to get the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme. "This in itself is a big step. And I am very happy to see Jammu & Kashmir taking these steps for the development of its people," he said.Modi appreciated the public participation in the recent district development council elections. He said, "On the face of every voter in Jammu & Kashmir, I saw an expectation for development. In the eyes of every voter in J&K, I saw the hope of a better future, leaving behind the past. I also congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir for strengthening democracy."Modi described the election of the District Development Councils as a new chapter. "I was watching in every phase of the elections how young people, elderly, women were arriving at the poll booths, despite coronavirus, despite so much cold," he said.The Prime Minister while addressing the people of Jammu & Kashmir, said, "You will be surprised, this order was given by the Supreme Court in 2018. But the then J&K government was continuously avoiding the matter. After decades in Puducherry local body polls took place in the year 2006."Modi informed the people of J&K about the efforts to extend the benefits of government schemes. He said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, about 18 lakh cylinders were refilled in J&K. Over 10 lakh toilets were built in J&K under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. But its purpose is not limited to just building toilets, but is also an attempt to improve people's health.--IANSnnm/kr
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Monday launched the AIADMK's Amma Mini Clinic scheme as he inaugurated 630 of the planned 2,000 clinics in the state.The clinics will be manned by a doctor, a nurse and an assistant and will be open for four hours in the morning and in the evening.Palaniswami had earlier said the government plans to open about five to six clincs in each Assembly constituency.--IANSvj/kr
Jaipur, Nov 19 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday launched the Indira Gandhi Maternity Nutrition Scheme under which the pregnant women of four districts of the state shall get a financial assistance of Rs 6,000 in instalments.The first instalment of Rs 1,000 will be provided during the registration of pregnancy, second instalment of Rs 2,000 will be provided upon completion of six months of pregnancy and third instalment of Rs 2,000 will be given after birth of the child and completion of first phase of vaccination. Apart from this, an additional benefit of Rs 1,000 will also be given during delivery Janani Suraksha Yojana.The first phase of the scheme has been launched in four tribal-dominated districts which include Udaipur, Dungarpur, Banswara and Pratapgarh.State Women and Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh, State Minister Pramod Jain Bhaya, Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya and many senior officers were present in this virtual launch.--IANSarc/rt