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National Health Mission’s Second National Conference Held in Srinagar

SRINAGAR, MAY 17:Apurva Chandra, Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, addressed the second National Conference of the National Health Mission (NHM) in Srinagar today. Organized by MoHFW in collaboration with the National Health Mission, J&K, the conference aimed to discuss critical healthcare initiatives and strategies from various States and UTs.

Attendees included NHM Mission Directors from several States and UTs, prominent healthcare professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

In his opening remarks, Union Secretary Apurva Chandra emphasized the necessity of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and promoting a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for the country’s overall development. He highlighted the importance of collaboration between the government, healthcare institutions, and civil society organizations to enhance medical infrastructure nationwide. Notably, he praised the advancements in Jammu and Kashmir’s medical infrastructure, mentioning the 24/7 operation of some Public Health Centres in the region.

Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar expressed that hosting the conference was a privilege for J&K, providing a unique platform for stakeholders to discuss critical healthcare issues. He emphasized the collective commitment of the healthcare community to overcome challenges and build a healthier, more resilient nation. Bhatnagar pledged to transform the conference’s deliberations into tangible actions for the well-being of citizens.

Additional Secretary and NHM Mission Director, Aradhana Patnaik, highlighted NHM’s progress in enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality, especially in remote and underserved regions. She stressed the importance of innovative approaches, community engagement, and strong partnerships in addressing evolving healthcare challenges. Patnaik expressed optimism that the conference would foster insightful discussions and the exchange of best practices, contributing to a healthier nation.

Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Secretary of Health and Medical Education, J&K, praised the health department’s performance with MoHFW’s support, viewing the conference as an opportunity to learn from neighboring States and UTs.

The conference featured several technical sessions with discussions on topics such as Indian Public Health Standards, comprehensive healthcare delivery, child health, infectious disease management, healthcare financing, and digital health initiatives.

The event was attended by Ajoy Sharma, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab; C Paulrasu, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh; Ajay Chagti, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh; Major General Atul Kotwal, ED of the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC); Nazim Zai Khan, Mission Director of NHM J&K; Directors of Health Services Kashmir, Medical College Principals, and other delegates from various States and UTs.

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