Special cells set up to ensure Quality Health Services
In order to improve services, the health department and state programme management unit (SPMU) of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has decided to constitute quality assurance cells at the divisional and district levels, functional in the current financial year.
The responsibility of these quality assurance cells will be to ensure that treatment protocols as per the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) are maintained in hospitals and health centers at district and sub-district levels.
The training of medical officials for functioning of these cells and workshops regarding quality assurance and IPHS have already been conducted in 2013-14. The quality assurance cells have already been constituted in 18 divisional and 75 district headquarters and a budget of Rs 1.43 crore has been sanctioned under NRHM.
The state quality assurance cell, which will monitor functioning of all division and district level cells, will meet once every quarter and review the progress.
The district and divisional level cells are to meet every month to review the status and sort out the issues in implementation of quality norms in respective sub-centers, Primary and and Community Health Centers as well as in First Referral Units and district hospitals.
Apart from checking whether IPHS treatment protocols are being followed in these facilities, the team will also review maternal and infant deaths in these hospitals as well as cases of adverse outcomes or complications in maternal, neo-natal and child health. They will also conduct medical audits to collect information on deaths related to sterilization or its failure apart from maternal and infant deaths.