• Turning the ‘no go’ government district hospitals and smaller healthcare facilities into modern centres, matching up to the exacting standards for National quality assurance certification or accreditation, has been no mean achievement. With National Quality Assurance Certification (NQAC) for 18 health facilities, and additionally National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation for four district hospitals and NABL accreditation for a district laboratory, already in its bag, it was time for Haryana to celebrate and honour all those who made this possible.

Living up to the spirit of the occasion at the state level Felicitation Ceremony for Quality Improvement in Health Services, held in the NITTTR Auditorium in Sector 26, on Friday, the chief guest, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal went ‘shairana’. “Maana Andhera Gehra Hai, Par Shama Jalane Ko Kahan Mana Hai. Chalo Jalain Deep Vahan Par Jahan Abhi Bhi Andhera Hai,” he said, apparently quoting from a couplet.

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Exhorting government sector health providers to shed their contractual obligation approach towards their job and serve the patients with compassion and sensitivity, he said the strides being made by Haryana in providing quality assurance certified health services to the citizens is appreciable, but public confidence in the state health system will be won only if quality services reach each and every individual in the state. For this the successful “pilot projects” need to be replicated across the state on a mission mode, he added.

Earlier, Health Minister Anil Vij vowed to strive for all government hospitals, labs and healthcare centres in the state to receive either NABH/NABL accreditation or NQAC for exacting standards of facilities and services. In the short term, a target has been fixed to get quality certification/accreditation for another 44 healthcare facilities this year, and 84 by the time the tenure of the present government ends in October 2019.

Pointing out that the present government was continuing to make sincere and concerted efforts to improve quality standards in the earlier neglected and poorly managed district hospitals by adding facilities and services, he claimed that their efforts had resulted in a 20 percent increase in OPD and IPD footfalls.

Haryana became the first state to have cath lab facilities in its district hospitals – four of them in Panchkula, Ambala, Gurgaon and Faridabad – where all kinds of heart related procedures, including angiography and angioplasty can be performed. In 21 of the 22 districts of the state the facility of dialysis had been provided (newly formed Charkhi Dadri district does not have a district hospital so far), he said, adding that “we want to provide the critical facilities like dialysis, CT Scan and MRI in all civil hospitals so that people from all strata of society are encouraged to visit without any inhibitions. Only the highest quality USFDA approved equipments and medicines which fulfil WHO grading are being procured.”

Referring to stray incidents of negligence at various levels, which are bringing a bad name to the entire government health sector, he cautioned that such irresponsible actions would not be tolerated because they negate all the good work being done. Strict action will be taken against such wrong doers, he warned.