Primary healthcare system in new avatar: NCD patients set to get free medicines, diagnostic tests
Srinagar, Dec 16:
Patients suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) have a reason to smile
as Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to provide them free medicines,
conduct free diagnostic tests and hold regular community level follow-ups under
Thanks to ‘National Programme for Prevention
and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS)’,
the government has decided to augment primary healthcare centers so that
patients will receive all facilities under one roof that too free of cost.
cardio vascular diseases, diabetes, chest respiratory diseases (COPD/Asthma)
and cancer is fast spreading its tentacles among the people in Kashmir.
documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that under NPCDCS, primary
health care centers will profile all community members above 30-years of age.
“The modifiable risk factors will be identified in them and digitally recorded
through electronic formats,” the documents read
health centers will have an access to free drugs, diagnostic tests, and community
level follow ups.
As per figures of
the National Health Mission Kashmir there are 2,068 sub centers, 605 primary
health centers and 49 urban primary health centers in Kashmir. Presently these
facilities are available in 152 centers only.
An official at
National Health Mission said NCDs cause significant morbidity and mortality
both in urban and rural population, with considerable loss in potentially
productive years (aged 35-64 years) of life.
“The plan is to develop a comprehensive
primary health care system in order to reduce morbidity, disability and
mortality,” he said
Manager for NPCDCS, Dr Rashid Para said non-communicable diseases especially
diabetes and hypertension have become a common place in the valley.
“People here have
to understand these are dreaded killers and pose a huge financial and emotional
burden on a person who develops these diseases. NPCDCS will not only create
awareness on NCDs among the masses but also help them to manage and tackle
those under proper medical supervision”, he said.
Dr Para noted
that the mid-levels workers at various health centers are presently undergoing
a six-month bridge course at the University of Kashmir. “They are being trained
on how to implement the objectives under the programme,” he added.