A TWO-DAY State-level workshop on health statistics began on Monday at Hotel Jehan Numa. Inaugurating the workshop, Principal Secretary, Health, MM Upadhyaya said focus should be on preparing own data bank rather than depending on the statistics compiled at the national-level.
The workshop is being organised to use health statistics in the health and family welfare schemes/programmes and to strengthen data collection mechanism. Finance director of the Union Government PK Agrawal, senior departmental officers and statistical officers are participating in the workshop.
Upadhyaya said the State Government would focus its attention to collecting own data as we cannot overlook significance of statistics while implementing and reviewing health schemes. The statistics are vital to bring down the maternal and infants mortality rates as well as for prevention and control of the diseases. He urged all the CMOs and the statistics officers to play an active role in collection of data and inform field workers about its importance. Agrawal mentioned that although statistics collection is a difficult task, it is important for the State and Centre.
He desired that the State Government focus its attention towards proper data collection. Director of State Information Education and Communication Bureau Dr Ashok Sharma said the workshop on statistics is being organised first time in the State and views would be exchanged on its application and present situation in the workshop.
Discussions would also be held at various levels for the collection of health statistics and its application and an action plan would be prepared to make it more effective apart from its collection, analysis, publication and dissemination.
Director Dr Yogiraj Sharma proposed the vote of thanks on the occasion. Director, Health, Dr MK Joshi, assistant commissioner in Union Government Dr Malhotra, all the CMHOs and the statistical officers were present.
In the second session of the workshop, Dr Padam Kumar of ICMR, New Delhi, threw light on the source of data and its application in reviewing schemes.
Dr Alok Ranjan Chowrasia of Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, the professor of UNFPA, Dr K.M. Satyanarayan and Dr Dhirendra Kumar also addressed the workshop. The group discussion took place in the third session of the workshop. Deputy Director Dr Abha Sahu conducted the programme.