Arunachal ranked third best in TB control programme

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Kinny Singh

Arunachal Pradesh has secured third rank for the best performance in Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) during 2017-18.  Andhra Pradesh tops the list while Gujarat ranked second.

Kinny SinghThe award was bestowed by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda at the fifth national summit on good, replicable practices and innovations in public health care systems at Kaziranga, Assam on Tuesday.

Kinny Singh, Mission Director, National Health Mission & Special Secretary for Health and family welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, was present on this occasion to receive the award.

The Union Health Ministry also conferred awards to the states for best performances in various healthcare indices including child health indicators, reproductive health, facility-based services and in various other disease control programmes.

The award for highest annual decline in neonatal mortality rate in 2016 among States was given to Himachal Pradesh (-15.8 percent) followed by Tamil Nadu (-14.3 percent) and Delhi (-14.3 percent).

The award for highest annual decline in infant mortality rate was given to Kerala (-16.7 per cent) followed by Mizoram (-15.6 percent) and Karnataka (-14.3 percent).

The award for highest annual decline in under five mortality was given to Himachal Pradesh (-18.2 per cent) while Assam came second with (-16.1 percent) and Jharkhand, Gujarat as well Kerala at the third position with (-15.4 percent).

For best performance in family planning, awards were given to West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

In National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), award was given to Gujarat in category of State and Dadar and Nagar Haveli in the category of Union Territory.

Awards for best performance in national programme for prevention and control of cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) were given to Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Minister said about 1.5 lakh people have benefitted from the ambitious Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme within the first month of its launch.

Health is a sensitive subject. The schemes have to be implemented swiftly so that every citizen in the country is covered. We have to be very careful so far as the skill is concerned and we have to see how skill can be improved in healthcare,” Nadda said while delivering a speech at the summit.

Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present on the occasion.

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