CHANDIGARH: National level Health Summit was organized on Friday by Punjab government on "Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage: States' Perspective" at IISER Mohali. It was inaugurated by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal along with health minister, Punjab, Surjit Kumar Jyani, and participants included Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director WHO South East AsiaRegion; Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India; and C K Mishra, Union health secretary.
Recently, ministry of health had organized a national consultation on universal health coverage which led to enactment of Delhi declaration by the state secretaries of health. Punjab's department of health and family welfare has taken a lead to become the first state to organize a summit to discuss strategies to achieve third goal of "ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages" by 2030.
Principal secretary, health and family Welfare, Punjab, Vini Mahajan, said that national and international experts discussed strategies for reducing out of pocket expenditures in healthcare, making health services available to all those who need and improving quality and accountability to healthcare services. Novel programmes and schemes being implemented in different states and countries were shared for cross-learning.
During the event, there was launch of Punjab healthcare portal, which has been developed for the department of health and family welfare. "This will be the first state level citizens' portal to provide information on healthcare facilities and services in different areas. This portal will also be used for obtaining patient's feedback on quality of services," said Mahajan.