Hek: MHIS testimony of govt’s commitment to ensure health for citizens

SHILLONG, Sep 23: Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek on Monday said that with health being a core issue of concern for the government, the implementation of the Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme is testimony to the government’s commitment to ensure health for its citizens, said the Minister.

Hek was speaking at the inauguration of the newly upgraded Pynthorbah Health and Wellness Centre at Pynthorbah, Shillong.

Pynthorbah Urban Public Health Centre is the first amongst the UPHC in East Khasi Hills District to be upgraded to Health and Wellness Centre.

He added that with the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) with MHIS in Meghalaya as a universal health insurance scheme, its success and affordability rests substantially on the effectiveness of provision of Comprehensive Primary Health Care through Health & Wellness Centers.

The Minister, in his speech also said that Health and Wellness Centre is one of the components of Ayushman Bharat or Healthy India that cover prevention promotion and ambulatory care at primary level.

He said that these facilities can provide comprehensive treatment and services that can ensure maximum benefit to every citizen.

The Minister said health department’s mission is to reach out to the last mile to ensure that every individual avail the benefits of the health schemes of the central and state government.

Hek also urged upon the doctors, nurses, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers to work with dedication to see that this programme achieve its purpose.

He also called upon the Rangbah Shnongs, Seng Longkmie and Seng Samla to shoulder the responsibility to carry the message to every nook and corner of the area and to cooperate with health workers in implementing this scheme.

The Joint Director of Health Services (MCH & FW) cum Nodal Officer, NPCDCS & HWC, Meghalaya, Dr. M Marbaniang said that the state has implemented the Comprehensive Primary Health Care Programme in five districts of the state, East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, West Garo Hills, West Jaintia Hills & Ri Bhoi District with the objective of upgrading the Existing PHCs & Sub Centers to Health & Wellness Center to provide comprehensive primary health care closest to the community.

This exercise of upgrading PHCs & Sub Centers to Health & Wellness Center by the state is currently done in a phased manner with the aim to upgrade maximum facilities as Health & Wellness Center by 2022.

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