October 06, 2010

Sam Pitroda suggests innovative plans to health ministry

Prime minister’s adviser on innovation Sam Pitroda has come up with some innovative plans for the health ministry. The government will now work towards innovating standards in health sector, sterilisation procedures, low-cost diagnostic facilities and mobile hospital units.

During a meeting, the National Innovation Council headed by Pitroda and the health ministry discussed a detailed action plan on the various areas the government needs to focus on.
Working groups have been formed for areas including health awareness and education, capacity building, food and nutrition, drinking water, continuing education, insurance, innovative and PPP models, creation of standards, diagnostic centres/ low-cost devices, mobile hospital units, facility upgradation, telemedicine, health portal in multiple languages, sterilisation procedures, science in health, adopting a district and performance indicators.

The need for traditional or local systems of medicine to lay down systematic protocols for treatment and at the same time, use this knowledge to help the population access reliable health care systems, was also discussed at the meeting. It is believed that 72% of the Indian population still depends on traditional/local systems of medicine for treatment.

Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhary, Member Board of Governance, Medical Council of India had suggested measures to overcome the problem of posting doctors in rural primary health centres and re-orientation of traditional medicine practitioners.

Bhargav Dasgupta of ICICI-Lombard suggested that a private entity should adopt one district and ensure that the district gets appropriate health care services. He said the district’s performance outcomes should be monitored every 4 to 6 months.

The best practices should be elaborated on and models should be replicated all over, he said.

Besides, focus on sex education for adolescents, thrust on safe deliveries and not on institutional deliveries to reduce maternal mortality rate and standardisation of the cost of healthcare were also discussed at the meeting.

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