Cabinet approves National Health Policy
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The National Health Policy 2015, which had been pending for two years, was given the nod at a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister. Union Minister J P Nadda made a suo moto statement in the Parliament today. Here are the Highlights -

Focus areas:
*Increase in public health spend from the current 1% of GDP to 2.5%.

*National Health Rights Act: Akin to the right to education, the policy aims to assure health services to all

*Public-Private Partnerships: The thrust is on building public-private partnerships to deliver health services

*PHCs will also include screening non-communicable diseases

*Health Research to get a boost

*Making drugs and diagnostics available free at least in the public healthcare system of the country

*Promote Universal Access to good quality healthcare services without anyone facing financial hardship

*Provisioning and deliver healthcare services to tribal and social vulnerable population groups India

*Promote research and validation of tribal medicines

*Address heterogeneity in micronutrient adequacy among vulnerable population groups using a systematic approach

*Emphasize safe occupational health practices at workplace and institutions

*Leverage the potential of digital health for a two-way systemic linkages with different tiers of healthcare delivery systems

*Establish a Public Health Management cadre (PMHC) in all states

*Use Public Health or related disciplines as entry criteria for PHMC

*Support pro-bono voluntary services in rural and under-served areas under the ‘giving back to the society’ initiative

*Regulate the use of medical devices to ensure safety and quality compliance as per standard norms

*Ensure Public hospitals provide universal access to a wide array of free drugs and diagnosis

Interventions are as follows:

*Every family to have health card for:
-Primary care facility access
-Access to defined package of services

*School curriculum to incorporate:
-Health Education
-Promote hygiene
-Promote safe health practices

*Support an environment for
-Practice of different systems of medicine
-Encourages cross referrals across these systems

*Use the vast potential of AYUSH for
-Safe, cost effective, and effective prevention and therapy
-Three-dimensional mainstreaming of AYUSH

*Integration with ‘Make in India’ Initiative for:
-Drug discovery to meet healthcare needs of the country
-Encouraging domestic production of medical devices

Sources
http://loksabhatv.nic.in/
http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/National-Health-Policy
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