The Kerala healthcare delivery system has put up a best example for other states to emulate upon. Seven of its primary health centres (PHCs) awarded the National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) certification from National Health Mission, an arm of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently.
Among the seven PHCs, the family health centre at Kayyur in Kerala’s Kasaragod district emerged top performer and tagged best PHC in the country.
As per KK Shailaja, the Health Minister of Kerala, the family health centre at Kayyur centre obtained a NQAS score of 99 per cent to become the top PHC in the country.
The other health centres which received NQAS include Valapattanam and Therthally Family Health Centres in Kannur district, Valiyaparamba and Karinthalam Family Health Centres of Kasaragod, Peruvemba family health centre at Palakkad and the Chemmaruthy family health centre at Thiruvananthapuram.
“This achievement is an acknowledgement to the efforts taken by the Kerala government in the field of health care,” KK Shailaja was quoted as saying by The News Minute.
Under Mission Aardram, the Kerala Government had converted 170 health centres into family health centres in 2017.
Health centres are being accorded NQAS certification on the basis of certain parameters including lab facilities, basic amenities in general administration departments, hospital services, infection control system, cleanliness, and patient-friendliness