Saturday, 13 April 2013

Kochi gets Arogya Keralam-2013 award

The Arogya Keralam-2013 award instituted by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the State Government will be given to the Kochi Corporation for its achievements in the health sector. The award was instituted this year to encourage local bodies that have excelled in the health sector by carrying out various health-related projects. According to an official press release, the Kochi Corporation was selected for the award after considering various factors including the health projects implemented by various local bodies, the most number of projects carried out in the health sector, fund utilisation for health projects, model and innovative projects, immunisation drives and people’s participation. The award will be presented at a function that will be held at the Kanakakkunnu Palace on Tuesday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will present the award at the meeting that will be presided over by Health Minister V S Sivakumar. Ministers M K Muneer, M Ali and K C Jospeh will also be present.


 Even though the state of Kerala has advanced as compared to the other states of India in terms of critical health indicators are concerned, the state is facing challenges that are unique and specific. The people are now facing the problem of high morbidity both from re-emergence of communicable diseases and the second generation problems like the ageing population and non communicable diseases. Moreover, there remains the challenge of sustaining the privileged health indicators. Further, improving the quality of health care where the health seeking behaviour is very high is of utmost importance. The resources of National Rural Health Mission came in an opportune time when the state was finding it difficult to find resources matching the demand.During the last three years the State has been able to initiate many programmes suiting to its specific requirements and considering its health issues that need immediate intervention.

The main objectives include:
  • Reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), 
  •  Universal access to public health services such as Women’s health, child health, water, sanitation & hygiene, immunization, and Nutrition. 
  • Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including locally endemic diseases 
  • Access to integrated comprehensive primary healthcare 
  • Population stabilization, gender and demographic balance Revitalize local health traditions and mainstream AYUSH 
  • Promotion of healthy life styles 
source:http://newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/City-bags-Arogya-Keralam-2013-award/2013/04/13/article1542777.ece

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