Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure seamless availability of healthcare to the needy, the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department Thursday directed the district Collectors, superintendents of police (SPs) and other senior officials to visit the state-run hospitals on a regular basis and inspect services like free drug distribution, dialysis and implementation of health insurance schemes at these facilities.
The department has also asked the Sub-Collectors and the sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) to oversee disbursement of cash incentives to beneficiaries under various government schemes.
“Ensure a regular visit to hospitals to review, monitor and ensure improvement in key areas of functioning of the hospitals like implementation of major government schemes such as free drug distribution, free diagnostic services, free dialysis services, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and others,” the H&FW department told the officials.
While Collectors, SPs, Sub-Collectors and SDPOs will monitor the delivery of health services at medical colleges and hospitals, district headquarters hospitals and sub-divisional hospitals, Block Development Officers and inspectors in-charge of different hospitals will check the functioning of the community health centres (CHCs) and upper primary health centres (UPHCs), said the H&FW department’s order.
The officials have also been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring delivery of services like progress of quality certification works, availability of specialty services, ambulance, laundry, housekeeping, cleanliness and diet. They would also supervise conduct of regular meetings with the district health societies, mobilisation of resources at the CHC and UPHC levels.
“To ensure effective delivery of health services, the district administration needs to be organically linked and integrated with the health system at every level. Though key officials of the district are part of District Health Societies and Rogi Kalyan Samitis at each facility up to PHC level, there is a need for further engagement through active involvement of all line departments by utilising the existing administrative structure at each level to bring vibrancy to the health system,” the order pointed out.