Thiruvananthapuram

‘Govt. hospitals have turned patient-friendly’

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Joint efforts by the Health and Local Self Government departments has brought about phenomenal changes in the health sector and has transformed public sector hospitals to patient-friendly and efficient institutions, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja has said.

She was distributing the awards on Monday to the public sector health institutions that secured national quality accreditation certification (NQAS and Kayakalp) and the State-level accreditation KASH. Infectious diseases and non communicable diseases (NCDs) were the burdens the State had to manage. While Arogya Jagratha campaign had been formulated to tackle the former, NCDs were being managed with the protocols and guidelines formulated by the WHO, she said. The department had managed to convert 266 primary health centres into family health centres and this year, the effort was to convert another 504 institutions, Ms. Shylaja said.

Accreditation

So far, 55 institutions in the Health department had secured NQAS accreditation, which was a matter of pride, she said.

Member State Planning Board, B. Ekbal, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Rajan Khobragade, Principal Secretary (Health), J.N. Srivastava, National Health System Resource Centre advisor, V.D. Devassia, MLA, and senior Health department and National Health Mission officials were present.

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