236 government health institutions achieve quality benchmark

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 16:In a major achievement by National Health Mission, Assam, for the first time in the state, various government health institutions have competed and achieved National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS). Altogether 236 Govt health institutions have achieved quality benchmarks in 2019-20.

In this regard a felicitation ceremony was held at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium, Kalakshetra, Panjabari on September 15. The event was graced by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Finance & PWD as the chief guest.

Also present were Samir K Sinha, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare; Anurag Goel, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare; JVN Subramanyam, IAS, Mission Director, NHM, Assam and other dignitaries.

Notably, National Quality Assurance Standards are the Gold Standards in Quality Assurance, certified by IsQUA which is an international organisation and approved by Govt. of India. LaQshya awards are given to best performing institution targeting to strengthen key process related to labour room and maternity operation theatre. Kayakalp awards promotes cleanliness in public health care facilities and is a standard of care for controlling Hospital acquired infections and infection control.

Minister Sarma in his speech said, “Assam has progressed very well since 2006 till today and it has been a beautiful journey which we all have achieved together. It gives me immense pleasure to witness the change in the healthcare infrastructure & services such that our facilities are receiving National level certification such as NQAS & Laqshya.

The state of Assam is now more focused in providing quality services in all the sectors of healthcare. NHM, Assam has introduced quality markers such that NQAS which could be achieved by Goalpara Civil Hospital and Ledo PHC, but this is not enough. All 25 District Hospitals should be NQAS Certified in coming days.” He also appreciated the Quality initiatives undertaken by NHM, Assam.

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