Shri J P Nadda: Need to develop framework for holistic healthcare, instead of merely sick-care



The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda visiting the Operation Theatre, during his visit to AIIMS Raipur on January 10, 2015. The Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh is also seen.


Shri J P Nadda: Need to develop framework for holistic healthcare, instead of merely sick-care 

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda emphasised on the need to develop a framework for holistic healthcare and wellbeing, rather than merely sick-care. The Health Minister stated that while there is a challenge of manpower in the healthcare sector and there is a focus on quantity, quality is equally important and should not be lost sight of. 

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda interacting with a patient, during his visit to AIIMS Raipur on January 10, 2015. The Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh is also seen.


The Health Minister was addressing the All India Medical and Dental Students Conference, at Raipur Chattisgarh today. 

Speaking at the function, the Health Minister stressed on the need for developing clinical skills in the doctors. Better clinical skills are a must for quality healthcare, the Minister pointed out. Due to the pressure of producing more doctors, the clinical skills tend to get ignored. The medical education framework should attend to this critical requirement, the Health Minister emphasised. 

The Minister reminded the gathering that in the early days, the family physician was a vital part of the healthcare set-up of the family who knew the health issues and needs of the family and helped in the overall health and wellbeing of the family members. There is a need to revive that concept again, the Health Minister said in our quest to move from sick-care to holistic wellbeing. 

Shri Nadda appreciated the various innovative initiatives undertaken by the government of Chattisgarh in the health sector. These have provided a social security to the common masses, he stated. Congratulating the medical students for organising the conference, the Minister said that he was happy that the participants of the conference were medical and dental students. He expressed confidence in the conference providing a platform to them for discussing and deliberating present and critical health issues and furnishing useful solutions to the health issues that the country is facing. 

Also present at the Conference was Shri Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chattisgarh 

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda distributed Computers Tablets to the Urban Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) for the collection of data, and dissemination of information to beneficiaries of health schemes of the government, at a function, at Raipur, in Chhattisgarh on January 10, 2015.


Shri J P Nadda distributes Computer Tablets to Urban ANMs at Raipur 

Health Minister: The Tablets will aid in efficient delivery of services to urban areas under NUHM 

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda distributed Computer Tablets to urban Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) at a function at Raipur, Chattisgarh today. 


The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at a high level meeting with the Health Minister, Chhattisgarh, Shri Amar Agarwal and the Health Secretary, Dr. Alok Shukla along with other senior officers of the Health Department, at Raipur, in Chhattisgarh on January 10, 2015.


The Health Minister stated that the Tablets will help the ANMs in more efficient delivery of services to the urban areas, particularly the urban slums. These devices will be useful for real-time data collection and reporting on the various health services being provided under the NUHM, the Minister informed. Observing that record keeping of the data from the field was a weak link in effective monitoring of progress of the schemes, the Minister stated that the Tablets will aid in efficient record keeping and better monitoring of the schemes. These will thus provide a platform for a sturdy MIS system for the NUHM and sharing of experiences and best practises, he said. 

Video clippings of 1 to 2 minute duration on different health issues shall be available on the ANM’s Tablet which will be used to educate and train them, and also create awareness among the slum and other areas on various health schemes of the government. The Tablets will be used to generate necessary alerts (SMS and Voice-based) to the ANMs and beneficiaries. Tablets can also be used as links to other health experts and doctors under the tele-medicine programme of the government. Additionally, the Central Government provides monetary help under various health services under DBT in the account of beneficiaries. This modern technology will also help ANMs to inform beneficiaries about this money transfer.

The Tablets will be distributed to more than 300 urban ANMs in the first phase on a pilot basis. Based on the impact this has on improved delivery of services, the scheme will be expanded to NRHM, the Health Minister stated. 

Later in the day the Union Health Minister visited AIIMS, Raipur. The Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Shri Raman Singh and Health Minister Shri Amar Agarwal accompanied him for a comprehensive review visit of the super speciality Institute. Shri Nadda visited various wards and reviewed the facilities at the OPD, OT, diagnostic labs, and medicine wards. He reviewed the construction work under progress at the Institute. The Health Minister also visited the Medical College and the E-library. 

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Urdu Purely an Indian Language Loved and Nurtured by all Indians; 

Centre Committed to Development of all: Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 

Urdu is a language which has been nurtured lovingly by people across all religions class and creed. It does not belong to any particular caste or religion. Urdu is purely an Indian language. It is a fact that Urdu language is read less widely as it should be but it is also a fact that it is very commonly used in day to day conversations. It is the language of the common man. 

Stating this during the Foundation Day address at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad yesterday, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs said, the MANUU has played a great role in changing this perception and making Urdu an instrument for technical and professional education. It is a very important language used in all areas. The MANUU has created enough opportunities and arrangements even to teach Engineering & Technology to the Urdu medium students, a great achievement indeed, he added. 

He further said that, the Modi government is in position at the Centre with a strong vision and mandate for development of all. The passing out students must constantly keep in mind their role towards contributing in nation building. This University is in tune with its progressive movement of preparing the future generations. 

The central government is concerned about the socio-economic and educational empowerment of minorities and trying to reach out to far-flung regions to understand the hurdles faced in implementation of welfare schemes and programmes. 

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Meeting of MOS(I/C)PNG Shri Dharmendra Pradhan with Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius 

The Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr Showkutally SOODHUN met Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State(I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas today in his office in Shastri Bhavan. While highlighting strong civilisation and strategic closeness of both the countries, the Petroleum Minister reiterated what the Prime Minister of India said while addressing the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas that Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary is observed in Mauritius with even greater vigour than it is observed in India. 

Both sides expressed satisfaction that the entire requirement of petroleum products of Mauritius is met by MRPL India since 2006 with not even single instance of supply disruption. Both the sides agreed to further strengthen the ties in the hydrocarbon sector. Shri Pradhan offered support to develop the hydrocarbon sector in Mauritius and also offered services of specialised institutes in India for training and capacity building of manpower from Mauritius. 

The Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius thanked Shri Pradhan for offering support in development of Ocean Economy. Senior officials of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, CMDs of ONGC, GAIL, IOCL, and MD of OVL were present in the meeting. 

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Workshop held to Discuss Delivery of Health Services to Tribal People 

A one day national workshop aimed at identifying issues concerning delivery of health services to tribal people, disease burden on tribal people and augmenting capacity of Institutions involved in tribal welfare was held recently in New Delhi. Dr. Hrusikesh Panda, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Dr. VM Katoch, DG, Indian Council of Medical Research ( ICMR) jointly chaired the consultation cum workshop organized by ICMR and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Panda said that his Ministry has been offering untied funds to the States in its Project Appraisal Committee meetings for addressing tribal health issues. He highlighted on the importance of malaria control whose burden was higher for the tribal people as compared to non-tribal areas. He said, with only 8.6% of the population share, tribals account for 30% of Malaria cases, 70% of Falciparum cases and 50% of deaths due to Malaria. In many tribal areas, the incidence of Falciparum is 90% or more. Furthermore, Sickle Cell Anemia was another enormous health problem. The secretary was of the opinion that the Ministry’s intervention in writing to the State Welfare Departments to screen tribal students for sickle cell trait and disease has not reaped sufficient response due to lack of awareness of diagnosis and treatment amongst medical officers in the tribal areas. 

Sharing his observation of his field visits, Dr. Panda said many young tribal girls were deprived of education as they were involved in new born children care due to absence of Anganwadi Centres in many of the areas. He said Malnutrition among tribal population was yet another issue that requires action. The issue of malnutrition is aggravated due to shift in food basket. The traditional crops which were rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins have disappeared and substituted by high carbohydrate cereals. Dr Panda said knowledge in traditional vegetables and tubers, particularly, those gathered from the forests has also disappeared. He informed the gathering that his Ministry has been supporting revival of these crops. At the same time, cultivation and consumption of green leafy vegetables is also being emphasized to address malnutrition issues. He said activities like dairy, poultry and fisheries are also encouraged because, in addition to livelihood support, this will make available nutritious food to the tribal households. 

The workshop focused on specific themes of Maternal & Child health, Nutrition, Malaria, Sickle Cell Anemia and TB. It was realized that ICMR has a vast body of knowledge with regard to tribal health and issues concerned therein. A better co-ordination and collaboration between the ICMR and Tribal Welfare Departments, Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs) and Integrated Tribal Development Agencies/ Integrated Tribal Development programmes not only in resources but also in knowledge and design interventions based on best practices can help in improving health status of tribal people. 

It was felt that high incidence of Sickle Cell Anemia amongst tribal poeple needs to be addressed by screening of all school going children on the status of Sickle Cell Disease and they have to be provided with health card indicating status. This would help in counseling of parents availing services and disease management through health facility. Each State/UT would ensure 100 % screening of school children for Sickle Cell Disease. It was also decided to draw up a training plan in collaboration with ICMR for Medical Officers and Technicians of tribal areas on Sickle Cell screening and disease management. A user manual on disease management would also be prepared. 

Experts attending the workshop were of the view that to contain Malaria, in tribal areas, services of traditional healers can be used by training them on Malaria medicines, who can also distribute medicine to the patients. Similarly to contain mosquito to population, composite fish culture in ponds was recommended. This would also provide protein in the form of fish to the tribal people. 

Participants were of the view that malnutrition and Anemia issues were to be addressed by bringing back traditional food of minor millets, green leafy vegetables and effective implementation of ongoing folic acid supplements and de worming programmes in these areas. Training Manual prepared by ICMR for paramedic would be shared with State Tribal Welfare Departments/TRIs for capacity building of local educated persons. 

It was also suggested that use of Cassia tora (chakoda Bhaji) in meals of schools in tribal areas would ensure Calcium and B- complex supplement in the food in cost effective manner. This can also help in improving conditions of Fluorosis. Ministry of Tribal Affairs should issue advisory to the State/UT for inclusion of the Cassia tora in the menu of the meals in the schools. 

Issue of adolescence pregnancy including bringing every pregnant mother under heath cum nutrition support system was emphasized using best practices. Hiring local girls/women for paramedical service by appropriate training can deepen the service in tribal areas was another important suggestion. 

Referring to the high incidence of TB amongst Saharia in Madhya Pradesh it was felt that it can be addressed through better ventilated houses. A special effort by the State should be undertaken towards this. 

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Uma Bharti calls PSUS to Join Clean Ganga Mission 

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has called upon PSUs to come forward to join Clean Ganga Mission of the Government . Speaking at the 58th annual day celebrations of National Projects Construction Corporation Limited ( NPCC), a PSU of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation here yesterday she said Companies like NPCC can play a very positive role in Ganga Rejuvination Programme by effectively contributing to it. The Minister complimented the company for the turnaround achieved by it during the past few years and expressed the hope that it would earn more laurels in the years to come 

Welcoming the guests CMD, NPCC Sh.HL Chaudhary briefly narrated the achievements of the Corporation. He said during the year 2014, NPCC was able to get Works from new clients viz Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of India, Container Corporation of India, a PSU under Ministry of Railways etc. Shri Chaudhary said keeping in view the achievements gained by the corporation during the last four-five years it was awarded Turnaround Award and Credit rating of A+ by ICRA. The clients satisfaction Rating had been above 95%. He stated that it was possible only due to collective efforts of the employees of the corporation, cooperation of the clients and stake holders. 

National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) was established in the year 1957 as a premier construction company to create necessary infrastructure for economic development of the country. It was to provide the necessary manpower and know how for the construction of National Projects and also act as a price deterrent for the Private Sector. In its 56 years of existence the Corporation has successfully associated itself with completion of over 130 National Projects from concept to commissioning stage. Some of them in remote and hazardous location over the country. Besides completion of projects in India and contributing to the socioeconomic growth of country, the corporation has also successfully executed several overseas projects. 

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