GUWAHATI: Under the leadership of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the guidance of Keshab Mahanta, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Swasthya Sewa Utsav-1 (SSU) was successfully conducted in Assam in April 2023. The Health & Family Welfare Department will conduct Swasthya Sewa Utsav 2 from November 20 to 22. As envisioned by the Chief Minister to hold a Swasthya Sewa Utsav for government health institutions on the lines of Gunotsav for government schools, final preparations are in full swing by the Department of Health and Family Welfare for conducting the 2nd Swasthya Sewa Utsav.
The Swasthya Sewa Utsav-2 will be conducted in the context of providing quality healthcare services across the state, covering 1261 government health institutions (22 district hospitals, 15 subdivisional civil hospitals, 213 community health centres, and 1011 primary health centers). The government health institutions will be assessed on infrastructure, human resources, and service delivery. The targeted hfacilitieslities will undergo internal as well as external assessments. Internal assessment by internal evaluators for building facility-level capacity for ‘Swasthya Sewa Utsav’ has already been completed in this regard. The team of external evaluators will comprise of two assessors: one will be a Member of Parliament, a Member of Legislative Assembly, IAS Officers, IPS Officers, and ACS Officers, and the other will be faculties, doctors, or postgraduate students of medical colleges.
There will be a pre-defined checklist for each category of health institutions for the evaluators to complete the assessment of the facilities within the above-mentioned 3 days. A total of 430 teams will be engaged during the three-day Utsav. The primary objectives of the Utsav are to provide comprehensive health care services to the community by assessing the gaps, to make the health facilities comply with IPHS 2022, to create and share sustainable practices related to key areas of concern in public health facilities linked to positive health outcomes, to promote cleanliness, hygiene, and infection control practices in public health facilities, to reduce the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality ratio, and to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures of service users. In this regard, a state-level and district-level launch is planned for November 20.