Health ministry releases 10th Common Review Mission report of National Health Mission

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The Union Health Ministry has released 10th Common Review Mission (CRM) report of National Health Mission (NHM) which continues to play an important role in strengthening public health systems at state and sub district levels.

The inputs of CRM are very important to make the analyse for the driving force for improvement of NHM. It provides the platform for critical analyses which is very unique to NHM. It assesses the quality parameters of the programme and gives the government details about the returns on the investment.

The 10th CRM team visited 16 States/UTs, including 9 High Focus States including 3 North-Eastern States, 5 Non- High Focus States and 2 UTs. The terms of reference included service delivery; quality assurance; RMNCH+A; human resources; community processes; information and knowledge; healthcare financing; procurement of drugs, diagnostics and supply chain management; NUHM; and governance and management. The CRM report spans all aspects of health system reform and uses a mix of methods- including secondary data review, rapid assessment of facilities, and implementer and beneficiary perspectives.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda officially released the 10th CRM report at a function in New Delhi recently. Ensuring quality of healthcare in public and private sector is our key priority. However, new challenges demand we make innovative strategies and encourage new ideas and innovations and take advantage of them so that nobody is left untouched of our services, the Minister said at the function.

At the function, Nadda emphasised on the need for developing necessary sturdy healthcare systems for eliminating diseases like leprosy, malaria, kala-azar, etc. “Strong healthcare systems are required to be put in place and time-bound and structured disease elimination plans need to be developed,” the minister said adding that healthcare service delivery has improved in terms of quality and content of care, as evidenced by increased footfalls, for not just institutional delivery but also for outpatients and inpatients.

He further stated that several new initiatives have been launched in the last three years, targeted towards expanding access and reducing costs, as the Ministry moves along the path to universal health care. Assuring full support to the states, Nadda urged the states to come forward with their proposals for rolling out innovative programmes for delivery of services. The Health Minister informed that under the universal screening of common NCDs program, everyone above the age of 30 years will be screened in the 100 districts of the country in the first phase. Gradually, it will cover the entire country and around 50 crore people will be covered so that timely intervention can reduce the disease burden in the country, he said.

Appreciating the Common Resource Mission, Nadda said that it is unique, as districts and states not only showcase their best practices, but are also forthcoming about their challenges. “This, I believe, allows us to assert with a degree of confidence that the CRM findings also serve as a tool to evaluate the implementation of the Mission”, Nadda said.

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