Health orbit

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Health services in J&K State are virtually in shambles as authorities have failed to implement many central schemes for the rural population to get health care on their door step. The BJP-PDP coalition government has failed to deliver something concrete on the healthcare front and it was only in the Governor’s rule that some attention was given for the healthcare sector of this hilly state.

The Governor’s Administration has ordered constitution of State Health Agency/Governing Council, Executive Committee and District Implementation Unit (DIU) for implementation of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission (PMRSSM) in the State.

According to an order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), State Health Agency (SHA) Governing Council shall have the Chief Secretary as ex-officio Chairperson while Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department will be the ex-officio Vice Chairperson. Director Family Welfare / Chief Executive Officer of the Society will be its ex-officio Member Secretary.  The Council will also have Representative of National Health Agency and Subject Matter Expert as nominated by the State Government as Special Invitees.

All key functions relating to delivery of services under PMRSSM shall be performed by the SHA including data sharing, verification/validation of families and members, awareness generation, monitoring etc.  The SHA through its staff/Implementing Support Agency (1SA), shall perform functions including policy related issues of State Health Protection/Insurance scheme and its linkage to PMRSSM, convergence of State Schemes with PMRSSM, approving institutional arrangements for implementing the programme including approving selection of other agencies for different elements of the programme, adopting necessary operational guidelines in consultation with NHA, where necessary,  overall monitoring of all aspects of the programme from design implementation & delivery of services, monitoring the Performance of hospitals/service providers,  overall financial supervision of the programme including price packages and examining the independent evaluation of the programme.

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