DHAR HAS been selected as one of the three districts from across the country in the first phase of Indian Council of Medical Research’s nation-wide campaign aimed at providing better health facilities at the primary level.
The programme — envisaged and funded by the ICMR — aims at convergence of different health services at the grassroots level for which a workshop for “Better Health Care Delivery” has been organised on Monday at Dhar. It was first introduced in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on October 1. Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir is the third district chosen for the campaign.
The long-term action plan involves developing a role model for health services wherein the technology will come from the MGM Medical College, Indore, implementation for which would be done by the District Health Authorities at Dhar.
The ICMR will be the facilitator for the scheme. “It is an attempt to know the ground situation. In the first step, we have planned to carry out a well-designed study of the area.
This will include nutrition and health profile of the district and will help identify problems like anaemia or vitamin A deficiency,” ICMR Dy Director General Dr G S Toteja told the Hindustan Times here on Sunday.
There are other problems like transport and communication. We plan to carry out a baseline survey of all these factors which affect the delivery of healthcare in rural and backward areas by sensitising those very people who are reaching out to the last person, Dr Toteja said.
The workshop, at Dhar on Monday will have group discussions on four issues – health problems of the district;infrastructure requirements and health delivery system; assessment of existing health programmes and gaps and communication, transport and public-private partnership.