A central team led by major general (Prof) Dr Atul Kotwal, executive director of National Health Systems Resource Centre, has reviewed the status of various health programmes in Tripura.
Going by a thorough review, the central team has expressed satisfaction over the implementation of health programmes in the state as well as prescribed some suggestions for further improvement, according to official sources.
The team of 14th Common Review Mission (CRM) has inspected multiple healthcare facilities in three districts- West Tripura, Khowai and North Tripura as well as held community-level interactions between November 12 and 17.
During the review, the expert team, according to sources, has expressed satisfaction in almost all the parameters. In case of some minor deficiencies, the experts prescribed suggestions.
In various hospitals, health centres and sub-health centres, the central team laid special emphasis on the 'Mayer Ghar' project and ambulance service.
The CRM team has recommended a timely and adequate supply of drugs through the state's supply chain and raising more awareness to improve public facility utilization complemented with streamlined logistics.
After observing healthcare facilities at various levels, the expert team appreciated the functioning of the Health and Family Welfare department and the National Health Mission's Tripura chapter.Apart from their inspection in various health facilities of the three districts, the stock of the health programmes in Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC), Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Cancer Hospital.
The team included public health experts, representatives of Civil Society Organizations, government officials and development partners.
After observing healthcare facilities at various levels, the expert team appreciated the functioning of the Health and Family Welfare department and the National Health Mission's Tripura chapter.
They praised the efforts being made by principal secretary (health) J.K. Sinha and also pointed out that the overall health services were a reflection of the sincere efforts of the health workers.
The experts, however, mentioned that the availability of drugs was a matter of concern in some health facilities of the North Tripura district while the status was found to be 'unsatisfactory' at the Khowai district drug store-- it received only 30 per cent of its current annual demand.
They recommend more Jan Aushadi stores with the availability of various essential drugs.
The state de-briefing of the Common Review Mission team was held at the Tripura state guest house on November 17 last, where the principal secretary (health) along with the director of health and family welfare- Dr Radha Debbarma, NHM Tripura mission director- Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal and other officials were present.