Fifteen members Central Review Mission (CRM) team headed by Dr. SK Sikdar, Deputy Commissioner (FP), Government of India, visited Upper and East Siang to review of NHM programmes. The team did extensive field visits to know ground realities of various level health facilities during the four days visit to the districts and held a de-briefing meeting today at the Siang hall, DC’s office, Pasighat under the chairmanssship of Prince Dhawan, Special Secretary (H&FW). The meeting was participated by DC incharge Bani Lego, Mission Director (NHM) PN Thungon, DHS Dr. M Jini, DDHSs, DMO, MOs and CRM team members.
After patient hearing, the Special Secretary (H&FW) Dhawan said CRM has given very valuable feedback and suggestions about the prevalent state of healthcare system in Arunachal Pradesh. Department of health shall make sincere efforts to work on all suggestions especially on training, procurement, blood banks, data collection and validation, referral transport, rational posting of staffs etc. He appreciated many initiatives of the state such as clean facilities, adequate manpower, ASHAs etc and also appreciated the CRM team for their observations.
Earlier, DC (FP) Dr. Sikdar in his deliberation has said that the thrust of the Mission was to provide accessible, affordable and accountable quality health services and to ensure greatest attention where needed and annual Common Review Mission has been one of the important monitoring mechanisms under NHM. Sikdar presented a detail report of the CRM team visit and observations and exchanged views and suggestions with the health facilitators to improve health services.
MD (NHM) Thungon stated that the union ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been very cooperative and supportive in its effort to aid the state in improving health delivering system across the state. To improve health delivery system, strong supervision and monitoring is required to see that the expected vital indicators especially reducing of infant mortality and maternal mortality is achieved. Rational posting of manpower in all health facilities can improve a lot bridging the gap of health service across the state. Thungon has extolled the ministry to support by regular visiting team from GoI to strengthen the performance. He appealed to consider additional sanctioning of 90 numbers of “108 Ambulance service” to strengthen health facilities.
DHS Dr. Jini spoke at length and briefed how the department is working despite all odds and limited resources.