June 10, 2008

Public-Private Partnership model of running PHC gets another 3 yr term

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of running the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Arunachal Pradesh, a first in the country, has been given a further term of three years.

The PPP model was introduced in December 2005 for a period of three years under an MOU signed by the Centre, the state government and the NGOs, for three years.

It was the first such model to be introduced in any state in the country, Health Department Commissioner Anshu Prakash said today.

Under the terms, the Centre provides 90 per cent fund for running the PHCs while the NGOs provide the rest.
The steering committee of PPP model under National Rural Health Mission after review of the performances of different NGOs which have been given complete freedom in running 16 PHCs, one each in every district headquarters recommended a further tenure of three years.

The NGOs would get money to purchase medicines and engage doctors and other staff to maintain the buildings, ambulances and laboratories.

According to Prakash four NGOs — Karuna Trust of Karnataka, Voluntary Health Association, Prayas and Future Generation did an "excellent" job in not only providing treatment to the people but also kept the buildings clean.

The doctors, nurses and other staff were available for emergency services with ambulance and laboratory facilities.

The Centre has recognised the efficacy of the PPP model in the health sector by awarding Arunachal Pradesh last year as the best state for providing quality health services involving NGOs of repute and it also found mention in the 11th plan document, Prakash said.

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