Maharashtra Government and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have partnered to improvise healthcare status along with implementing skills development programme for healthcare professionals and nurses in the State.
As per the agreement, healthcare interventions like hospital-acquired infections, maternal and infant mortality, awareness programmes on the illness, diabetes, TB etc., will be checked, an official statement said.
Maharashtra’s mine workers suffer from an increased risk of tuberculosis will also be part of awareness programmes on the illness. According to Maharashtra Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Deepak Sawant, nine districts—Nanded, Beed, Jalgaon, Dhule, Aurangabad, Jalna, Gadchiroli, Hingoli and Nandurbar—faced the maximum rate of infant mortality.
Under the revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP), the miners’ programme will be looked at early diagnosis of TB among them and their families. Furthermore, both will run public awareness campaigns on multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) along with training on detection and treatment of the disease.
Skill development programmes will be conducted for healthcare professionals and nurses in areas like infant care, infection prevention, diabetes, obesity and menstrual hygiene, said the statement.
J&J India has partnered with Joint Commission International (JCI) to develop a toolkit Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), which will be used in identifying and preventing Surgical site infections (SSIs)—third most common type of infection in the State.
In addition, a programme is also said to be organised on ASP for prevention of SSI, and train trainers for its implementation across the state and district hospitals. A pilot project will be conducted at district hospitals in Thane and Alibag.
The J&J will provide technical advisory support and oversee the successful execution of all these programmes, the statement said.