Arunachal to extend PPP under NRHM

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Itanagar, Jun 11 (UNI) After successful management of 16 Public Health Centres (PHCs) in Arunachal Pradesh by different NGOs under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) through Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the past three years, the state government has decided to recommend to the Centre extention of the arrangement by another three years.

State Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Anshu Prakash, who chaired a review meeting of the PPP steering committee here yesterday, informed that the state government had decided to extend the PPP as all the PHCs run by the NGOs that were doing exceptionally well and catering to the needs of the people in the remote areas by providing quality primary healthcare services.

The state government had signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with four NGOs in December 2005, namely Karuna Trust, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), Prayas and Future Generations, to run 16 PHCs in remote areas of the state.

Karuna Trust is running nine such hospitals at Bameng (East Kameng district), Mengio (Papum Pare), Sangram (Kurung Kumey), Jeying (Upper Siang), Anpum (Lower Dibang Valley), Etalin (Dibang Valley), Walong (Anjaw), Khimyong (Changlang) and Wakka in Tirap district, VHAI is running five PHCs in Lumla (Tawang), Thrizino (West Kameng), Nacho (Upper Subansiri), Deed Neelam (Lower Subansiri) and Gensi in West Siang district.

Similarly, Prayas and Future Generations are running one PHC each at Wakro (Lohit) and Sille (East Siang), respectively.

Mr Prakash further disclosed that besides OPD service for six days a week, 24-hour labour room and essential obstetrics facilities, these NGOs provide ambulance facility, essential medicines and well-equipped laboratory, as well as participate in and implement national programmes of health and family welfare, including NRHM.

The state government will release funds to the NGOs in time, besides incentives so that healthcare facilities can be reached to the doorstep of the people, he said, adding the PPP steering committee, constituted to monitor the PHCs run by NGOs, would strengthen the outreach programme by involving the NGOs to open vision centers for addressing eyesight problems.

While Karuna Trust would start such centres in three PHCs, Prayas would do the same at PHC Wakro.

Besides, all the 16 PHCs would sign MoUs for tuberculosis control programme by opening sputum collection centres, DoT microscopic centres and also integrating basic heath services, he said.

The NGOs will also enter into MoU with the Public Health Engineering Department for testing drinking water and tying up with the ICDS programme for providing free health check-up to children, he added.

The 16 PHCs run by NGOs, which started with 14 doctors, at present have 32 doctors, two each in every PHC. The total staff strength has also increased to 353 from 130.

Mr Prakash further disclosed that under the future expansion plans, instead of going for more number of NGOs to run PHCs, the government was examing whether a community health centre could be handed over to the NGOs.

a pioneer in adopting the PPP model for running PHCs with sub-centres Arunachal Pradesh was awarded best state for PPP by the Centre in 2007.


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