The minister lauded primary health care workers who have been at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19 for rising to the unprecedented challenge and for continuing to serve the society selflessly.
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Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday launched the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which comprises detailed data on inhabitants, well being and diet for India and its states and union territories.

A well being ministry launch stated that it is a globally necessary information supply as it’s similar to Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) Programme of 90 different nations on a number of key indicators and can be utilized for cross nation comparisons and improvement indices.

The current NFHS is being performed on 6.1 lakh pattern households, involving family stage interviews to gather data on inhabitants, well being, household planning and nutrition-related indicators.

The outcomes of 17 States and 5 UTs (Assam, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Mizoram, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu) have been launched Phase-I.

Phase II overlaying the remaining 12 States and a pair of UTs had their fieldwork suspended resulting from Covid-19, which has been resumed from November and is anticipated to be accomplished by May 2021.

Substantial enchancment in maternal and little one well being indicators over NFHS-Four (2015-16) was recorded within the current survey, the discharge stated.

It stated the fertility fee has additional declined, contraceptive use has elevated and unmet want has been decreased in most part I states.

The survey discovered appreciable enchancment in vaccination protection amongst kids age 12-23 months throughout all states and UTs.

Women’s empowerment indicators (together with ladies with checking account) additionally painting appreciable progress, the discharge stated.

The minister additionally chaired an occasion to mark Universal Health Coverage Day.

Speaking on the event, he stated that Covid-19 has enormously magnified the necessity for constructing resilient well being care techniques and making certain their indiscriminate, equitable entry to all.

“We must do away with the status quo that got us here and settle for nothing less than strong health systems that protect everyone — now and in the future. It has been my long-standing belief that India has the ability to deliver to the world, a robust model for providing universal health coverage,” he stated.

Lauding the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his conception and implementation of Ayushman Bharat, the minister stated that the programme launched in 2018 has fully revolutionized major, secondary and tertiary healthcare system within the nation, with a powerful give attention to preventive healthcare.

The minister famous that by the 2 wings of Ayushman Bharat, the Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY), the federal government has been making high quality healthcare inexpensive and accessible for crores of individuals within the nation.

“We have made remarkable progress in operationalizing Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centers and crossed a major landmark in our journey. With 51,500 centres now functional, more than one-thirds of the target has been met. This has led to improved access to affordable primary healthcare services for more than 25 crore people,” he stated.

The minister stated that the federal government’s intention to determine 1.5 lakh such centres by December 2022. “This also includes 12,500 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centers being set up by Ministry of AYUSH.”

The Union well being minister famous that greater than 1.45 crore cashless therapies have been supplied to the poorest residents beneath AB-PMJAY and stated the programme was an enormous supply of help and safety for thousands and thousands of households reeling beneath the stress of great sickness.

The minister additionally launched some resourceful apps and tips for implementing and monitoring numerous well being programmes.

This contains SDG-Three Health Dashboard would allow policymakers and programme implementers to establish key priorities areas that require motion and in framing future motion plan for reaching Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

He additionally launched a compendium of Health and Wellness Centers Operationalization which supplies an outline of the progress and achievement during the last two years in operationalizing Health and Wellness Centers throughout the nation beneath the Ayushman Bharat program.

The minister lauded major well being care staff who’ve been on the forefront of the battle towards Covid-19 for rising to the unprecedented problem and for persevering with to serve the society selflessly.

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