National Health Policy gets Cabinet nod

The Union on Wednesday approved the National Policy, aimed at ensuring free services in villages. 


First issued as a draft in 2015, the policy aims at tackling non-communicable diseases, upgrading district centres and ensuring the improvement of immunisation facilities in district centres.


Non-communicable diseases include diabetes and kidney ailments. The has begun training the personnel that will be deployed in  


The policy also aims to ensure enough public facilities in As of March 2016, 25,354 primary centres (PHCs) were operational. 


While the major focus of the Policy is on non-communicable diseases, the will work to ensure maternal health, and child and adolescent at the district centres. 


While the National Policy’s (2017) target is to spend 4-5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare services, India has not been spending 2 per cent of GDP to provide healthcare services.


During discussions the planned to use insurance programmes to tackle the lack of fiscal buoyancy. The is also working towards digitising the records at the district centres.  The policy aims at ensuring there is enough capacity at all public centres (PHCs). 


The will also work to create quality laboratories where key tests can be performed. 


The government’s focus through the policy is also alternative methods of treatment — AYUSH. This will be through developing infrastructural facilities of teaching institutions, improving the quality control of drugs, capacity building of institutions and professionals, building research and public skills of practical utility and initiating community-based AYUSH interventions for preventive and promotive healthcare. The new policy comes 15 years after the last policy was introduced. The old policy was introduced in 2002. The chairman of the committee at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Nishant Berlia, said: “The new policy is a welcome move because there was a need for an updated policy.” 



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