To bring in the best quality services in primary healthcare
There are 25,020 (as of March 2014) PHCs in India which act as the first link between
the community and the public health
system providing curative, preventive and promotive health care. In spite of mammoth
efforts in rapid upgradation of PHCs
under NRHM, there are still a lot of challenges in the effective functioning of
the PHCs spread across rural parts of India.
While non-availability of doctors and other trained staff at PHCs seem to be the
most important factor, inadequate physical infrastructure and facilities, insufficient
quantities of drugs and lack of good rapport with community are few other factors.
To address the growing needs of primary health system and to effectively manage
these challenges, the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model is in practice at many
State levels and it has proved to be a very effective and efficient strategy in
the health sector reforms. The over-riding objective of this PPP policy is to utilize
the technical, financial and managerial resources available in the private sector,
for strengthening the quality of services being provided through the public health
care system. Hence, to revitalize the PHCs, there is a need currently to put in
efforts from the private partners to complement the public system’s efforts, to
deliver quality health services.
What is the programme about?
The main aim of the programme is to improve the quality standards of PHCs and get
them accredited to National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare providers
(NABH), the highest of quality standards in healthcare. The programme aims to significantly
strengthen the PHCs for efficient delivery of quality preventive, curative and promotive
services. This could be achieved through our efficient management of the PHCs and
continuous training for quality standards. It intends to improve the access and
utilisation of services and ultimately to improve the impact in the community.
Mr. Ajay Somvanshi