Friday, March 24, 2023

State govt rolls out e-Sanjeevani


State Health & Family Welfare minister S. Pangnyu Phom on Saturday launched the e-Sanjeevani, an integrated telemedicine service under the Health ministry.
The e-Sanjeevani services for telemedicine were launched by the Health ministry during the Covid pandemic to ensure health consultation reaches the remote areas. At the time of launch, the ministry had stated that this was a doctor-to-doctor telemedicine service to provide general and specialised health services in rural areas.
With this, e-Sanjeevani will now replace the Naga telehealth, a telemedicine platform and assisted teleconsultation system, to alleviate the urban-rural divide in terms of health care services that works on ‘Hub-and-Spoke’ model, Pangnyu said at a programme held here at the capital convention centre coinciding with the felicitation programme of three health care units– UPHC Duncan Dimapur, Mongsenyimti PHC Mokokchung and UPHC Burma Camp Dimapur for receiving the National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) in health care service.
He said this platform will enable patients residing in rural areas to avail quality healthcare services. Towards this the minister urged the entire district officials to encourage state health care workers and the general public to make use of the platform for the benefit and welfare of all concerned.
He also acknowledged USAID NISHTHA Jhpiego for supporting the state in various digital interventions like Naga Telehealth, Tele Track, iLearn.
Phom informed that in line with National Health Policies aim to ensure Universal Health Coverage, Ayushman Bharat was launched in 2018 with Health & Wellness Centre (HWC) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
He said Nagaland has successfully completed four years of implementation of the prestigious Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centre, adding, that it has brought quality care closer to homes of community.
Pangnyu said Seikhazou UPHC in Kohima was the first facility to be certified for NQAS in Nagaland in 2019 and interestingly in 2022 three additional facilities were certified for NQAS, which was indeed a great success and pride moment for the department and the State.
He congratulated and lauded the hard work and exuded confidence that the state will move forward to soar higher and their achievement will motivate and inspire other health units to participate and put more labour for such achievement.
Director Regional Resource Centre-NE Guwahati Assam Dr. Ashoke Roy in his brief address congratulated three UPHCs for getting NQAS certification, and advised them not to be complacent over their achievement but to continue to keep up the good work by setting example for the rest.
Secretary health and family welfare Dr. Asangla Imti in her address congratulated all the three UPHCs and said each block has to think and improvise and achieve the target.
Imti reminded the healthcare professionals to uphold their oath to serve the people, and examine whether justice was delivered to the profession in the areas where they are posted and are serving the people true to the oath.
With the launching of e-Sanjeevani, Imti also cautioned that the department will be facing many challenges and encouraged all to take up the challenges positively, identify the weakness and work together.
The programme was chaired by principal director Dr. Vikato Kinimi while Mission director Dr. Thorhusie Katiry delivered the welcome address.


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