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National Health Policy unveiled Investment key to safeguard citizens’ health: Yadav

National Health Policy unveiled Investment key to safeguard citizens’ health: Yadav

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upendraKathmandu, July 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav said that the government needed to invest more in manpower, infrastructures and medicines for safeguarding citizens’ health. 

While unveiling the National Health Policy 2076 at the ministry on Monday, DPM Yadav said that the government lacked sufficient expert doctors, infrastructures and health workers due to a low investment in the health sector. "We need 10 per cent of the total budget in health as prescribed by the World Health Organisation but our budget is only 4.48 per cent," said DPM Yadav. Answering the queries of journalists, DPM Yadav said that the country was at a transformation period and was facing difficulty in employee adjustment due to which locals were facing problem in getting the medical services and medicines. "We are moving towards digital health through the online system," said DPM Yadav, adding that patients will be informed about the details of doctors and time in the systematic way due to which the long queue in the hospitals would be reduced. The National Health Policy 2076 has incorporated a special plan, including providing basic health facilities free of cost at the health institutions of three-tier of the government. According to the newly unveiled health policy, the access of expertise health services to the citizens will be availed through the health insurance programme. Primary health centres would be established in all the wards, primary hospitals at the local levels, secondary hospital at the states, and super specialised hospital at the federal level and tertiary hospital in each state and a Health Science Academy will be established. According to the plan, a reference laboratory and treatment centre will be established in each state. Physiotherapy services with the rehabilitation centre will be established in each state. A national diagnosis centre will also be established. DPM Yadav further said that under the universal health coverage the development of health system would be realised and promoted. The united health system would be developed for controlling the non-communicable diseases. The monitoring of buying and selling of tobacco products will be made effective for controlling the use of drugs and alcohol, said DPM Yadav. In order to control the negative effect of the air pollution on human health, bicycle lanes and public parks will be constructed for which necessary coordination and advocacy among the stakeholders is going on, the DPM informed. He stressed that trauma centres would be established at the main highways and added that management of fully equipped ambulances would be availed at all the local levels. The development of air ambulance for the immediate rescue and fund for the emergency health treatment will be managed. With the aim of developing Ayurveda medicines, Yoga and Panchakarma Centre

will be established for the development of health tourism as per the federal structure, said DPM Yadav. "A minimum of one health manpower will be managed at all schools of up to secondary level," said DPM Yadav, and added that the extended hospital services would be implemented. Necessary efforts will be made for the production of midwife, hospital management, medical leadership, health economy and specialist manpower. A united umbrella act will be managed for the development and expansion of Health Science Academy, said Yadav, adding that performance-based pay and incentives for the health workers would be managed to make them accountable on their services. Organ donation and transplantation services will be managed and generic prescription and operation of hospitals with expertise technicians and pharmacies will be prioritised. "We are planning to institutionalise e-health and promote mobile, telemedicine and other modern technology," said DPM Yadav, adding the details of patients will be recorded in the electronic devices. The access of nutritional food will be made available to everybody discouraging the mixed and unhealthy foods. With the view of improving life course approach, the programmes on save motherhood, child health, adolescent health, reproductive health and senior citizens health will be expanded to local levels. In order to minimise the out of pocket expenditure an integrated National Health Financial Strategies will be formulated, DPM Yadav said.  

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