GATEWAY TO AUTHENTIC HEALTH INFORMATION
Health is being embedded in the growth story of India as the country charts an impressive growth curve which is now being recognised at various global platforms. These are the words of Union Health Minister JP Nadda, the man who has tried to carve his own space in the development of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In his short stint of 18 months as Union Health Minister, Nadda has showed an exemplary performance with launch of different initiatives concerning India as well as global health issues. By bringing in a lot of dynamism in transforming the health system by ensuring that the health deliverables reaches the last person at an affordable cost, the Ministry has tried to cater to the needs of all sections of the society.
Starting from Mission Indradhanush, which aims to immunise all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020, the ministry is approaching in positive direction to meet the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). MDGS are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensionsincome poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability.
The Mission Indradhanush, which was launched by JP Nadda on December 25, 2014, was started with the target to immunize nearly 90 lakh children who are either not vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated. There was an increase of almost 5 per cent in one-year compared to the earlier rate of about just 1 per cent in full immunization coverage. “A total of 1.62 crore children have been partially immunised and 45 lakh totally immunised,” Nadda said.
He cited Mission Indradhanush as world’s largest public health programme, while launching a website and a mobile application for the same. Not only this, the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a lot of efforts to empower the states. It’s the outcome of best efforts of the government that has uplifted entire health infrastructure of the country over the last one year. There have been several notable accomplishments of the health ministry such as introduction of new vaccines -- Rota Virus vaccine, Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV), switchover from trivalent to bivalent, measles, Rubella and Japanese Encephalitis.
Given that government stressed on capacity building of states through health systems strengthening approach that benefited many programmes at the grass root level, an increasing trend in institutional deliveries has been noticed.
Knowing the fact that hygiene and cleanliness prevents a person from getting sick, the ministry launched Kayakalp programme which lays emphasis on practices and protocols for enhancing sanitation and cleanliness in all government health facilities.
In a bid to eliminate deadly disease Tuberculosis (TB), the ministry has taken