Kerala tops among primary health centres in India

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Thiruvananthapuram: The first twelve best Primary Health Centres of India are in Kerala, according to the list released by National Health Mission. Health Minister K K Shailaja said that three more hospitals in the state obtained the National Quality Assurance Standard (NQAS) certification.

This honour comes at a time when we are fighting against coronavirus. It would strengthen the measures and encourage health workers, she opined.

The three new hospitals to obtain national honour are Kallikkad New Primary Health Centre at Thiruvananthapuram with 95 percent score, Kalladikode Family Health Centre with 94 percent and Thrissur Nenmanikkara Family Health Centre with 93 percent score.

Thiruvananthapuram Ottasekharamangalam Poozhanad Family health centre scored 99 points and topped the list. Last year, Kayyur Family Health Centre in Kasaragod scored first place.

Till date, 64 institutions in the state have secured NQAS certification. Two institutions are waiting for national level accreditation results while 88 hospitals have completed inspections at state level and are waiting for national level inspection.

In case of district hospitals, Kottamparamaba Wand C hospital Kozhikode scored 96 percent and topped in India. In case of sub district hospitals, Chalakudy taluk hospital topped the list with 98.7 percent score. Kannur became the first district in India to house 12 institutions that obtained NQAS certification.

The certification is given evaluating the OP, lab facilities, national health programmes, basic amenities in general administration departments, services, infection control, cleanliness, facilities, quality and patient-friendliness at the health centres.

When certified, there will be state-level inspection of the institutions every year and national level once in three years. Also the incentives obtained for the hospitals with NQAS certification can be useful for development.

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