SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has emphasized the importance of realizing and recognizing the facts in the optimal usage of the resources to plug the challenges and gaps.
He was speaking at the summit organized by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with the Government of Meghalaya with the support from the Ministry of Development of the North East Region (DoNER).
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Chief Minister Sangma stressed on the importance of realizing and recognizing the fact that “while we talk about challenges and gaps, we should realize the potential of the available resources and maximize its usage which is equally important for efficiency and effective delivery of health services.
“There is a need to improve the overall efficiency of service delivery in the Health sector. Meghalaya allocates 7 percent to the sector which is higher than the national average,” the Chief Minister said.
He also said that this year the Government increased the budget allocation to almost 30 percent. “We are focusing on creating maximum impact with minimum investment,” he added.
Highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the Chief Minister urged all those in the Health sector to deliver their services with compassion and empathy towards their patients’ suffering.
Terming the development of infrastructure and upgradation of human resource as the key element in ensuring better service delivery, the Chief Minister expressed optimism that the government would be able to initiate work on the two medical colleges as soon as possible.
“On a regular basis, we have been monitoring the implementation of the scheme through video conferencing with set goals and agenda. This has ensured that administration and other line departments are constantly engaged with the government to ensure efficient delivery of services to the people,” he said.
He also told the gathering that the government was contemplating to provide basic soft skill and technical training to ASHA workers and nurses to ease the burden on doctors.
During the Summit, Chief Minister also handed over achievement awards and citation to outstanding individuals for their contribution to NHM, Government of Meghalaya. Among the recipients of the awards was Dr. Kalpana Choudhury, gynecologist for her expert service in PMSMA where pregnant mothers get specialized care on the ninth of every month.
Sportspersons Hameshaniah Suian and Melanie Pariat (Goodwill Ambassador for RKSK Program) were selected for being instrumental in promoting healthy habits and lifestyle through school and community health programs and through various media.
Selmila Momin, ASHA from Nangaburi village of North Garo Hills, was selected for her dedication and hard work to improve the health conditions and nutritional status of the children of her village. She was also the recipient of ‘POSHAN MAAH” award 2018 in New Delhi on October 10 under the individual excellence category.
The summit recorded an attendance of about 200 participants. The summit falls under the umbrella of Project Swasth Uttar Purv, an initiative by the Public Health Foundation of India supported by DoNER to strengthen human resource and systems capacity for Strengthening Public Health in the North Eastern Region.