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Public health dept mulls mandatory check-up for all

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The Times Of India
23rd October, 2019 04:04 IST

Nagpur: The public health department has started taking stock of the health service facilities in state even before the new government is formed. The officials are discussing the road map for issues like starting new wellness and health centres (WHCs) across the state and conducting health check-ups of every citizen completing 30 years of age — all major points which could be possible extensions of the government’s health plan.

On Tuesday, a divisional level meeting of who’s who of Nagpur division’s health department conducted at Suresh Bhat Hall . Health officers from Bhandara, Chandrapur, Wardha, Nagpur and Gadchiroli attended this meeting. Dr Satish Pawar, additional director National Health Mission, Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Director of Health, Nagpur division, and senior officials took review of the present situation in division.

“District-level officials presented their respective reports about the present health service scenario. Senior officials informed them about the aims of the government and the road map they need to follow to ensure success in it,” said Dr Jaiswal, adding that the meeting was part of the regular exercise of the department.

The concept of wellness and health centres is an integral part of the ambitious Ayushman Bharat Mission. The central government has planned to establish 1.50 lakh such wellness centres across the country. By 2022, Maharashtra needs to establish about 10,000 such centres.

To deal with shortage of doctors in health and wellness centres, state has decided to appoint Ayurveda and Unani graduate doctors (BAMS and BUMS) at these centres. More than 5,700 such doctors are presently undergoing a bridge course known as ‘modern mid-level service provider course’ at various hospitals in state.

“We were asked about the situation in our respective blocks. The officials asked how many health centres have started working on these points. Apart from this, a mechanism for mandatory check-up of every citizen was explained to us,” said one of the participants from Nagpur.

The BJP has mentioned in its poll manifesto that it will introduce a scheme to conduct free tests for every 30-year-old person and check for non-communicable diseases and genetic disorders.

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