Thought-provoking sessions mark second day of Healthcare Sabha 2018

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Leaders, experts and veterans continued their deliberations on ‘India’s Change Strategy: Prioritise, Plan, Practise’, theme of the event this year

Informative and insightful sessions of the first day of Healthcare Sabha continued on the second day as well. Representatives from across the country came together to continue their discussions on different aspects of public health in India at the event, hosted by Express Healthcare.

Dr Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner (Immunization), MoHFW, in the first session for the day, elaborated on India’s immunisation programme – Mission Indradhanush and its various achievements. He also spoke on the various challenges in immunisation and detailed on the methods to improve the reach and outcomes of our efforts in this direction. Dr Haldar also shared the lessons learnt from his experience in this sphere which can be applied to ensure good governance in other segments of public healthcare.

The next topic covered was stroke management, an often neglected aspect of public healthcare according to the speaker, Dr NR Ichaporia, Consultant Neurologist, Jehangir Hospital, Pune. He expounded on stroke management in public health and highlighted the gaps in the current system. He also explained how the disease, apart from physical and mental disabilities, also poses a great economic burden on the patients.

A panel discussion on reviewing the role of states in public health followed his session. Dr Rakesh Kumar Srivastava, Ex-Director General of Health Services, GoI, & Advisor, Wish Foundation; Dr Dev Varma, Director of Health Services & Ex-officio, Add Sect, Govt of Tripura; Dr K Rajo Singh, Director Family Welfare Services, Manipur; and Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure, Mission Director (NHM), Government of Chhattisgarh were the panelists for this session. In the course of the discussion, they evaluated the current scenario of public health in their respective states, examines both, successes and failures and deliberated on the way forward to build strong and effective public health systems.

The second day also witnessed several case studies which highlighted successful implementation of public health funds and resources. SN Bhure, Mission Director, NHM, MoH&FW, Government of Chhattisgarh, presented a case study on refomaing operations in Chhattisgarh through technology.

Dr Rupa Mitra, Medical Director, Central Hospital, South Eastern Railway a presented case study on effective NICUs and Dr Anjana Malhotra, Additional Chief Health Director, South Eastern Railway spoke on their burns unit under the topic, ‘Initiatives for change at Central Hospital’. KB Vijay Srinivas, GM, National Insurance Company expounded on the need for a good health financing system and the role of health insurance in rforming public health. Keshavendra Kumar, Mission Director, Kerala spoke on a project called ‘Hridyam for little hearts’ a venture to provide free paediatric heart surgeries in the state.

The last panel discussion at Healthcare Sabha revolved around a very pertinent issue – NHPS and its way forward. Dr Prateek Rathi, Special officer, ESCI, Govt of Maharashtra; Bejon Misra, International Consumer Policy Expert, The Partnership for Safe Medicines India and KB Vijay Shrinivas, GM, National Insurance Company were some of the panelists in this session. They discussed on the pros and cons of this initiative and debated on its efficacy and effectiveness in enhancing access and affordability of healthcare in India.

After the sessions, the delegates reconvened for Express Public Health Awards to honour the champions of public healthcare in India. Healthcare Sabha 2018, like its previous editions, was very well received and appreciated by all those who were present.

Read more: Day 1 Report | Awards Report