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Mission: Healthy Sikkim

Reaching healthcare services at people’s doorsteps

Health sector has been given a consistent priority by the Sikkim government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling. The visionary Hon’ble Chief Minister has always been advocating health as a key component for development of the State that brings major gains in terms of well-being and economic productivity.

Under the guidance of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the Mission Healthy Sikkim 2015 has been introduced for sustainable development by ensuring equality in healthcare throughout the State and facilitating everyone to attain the highest standard of health. To achieve this aim, the mission has some path-breaking initiatives to comprehensive the health indicators of people in Sikkim with their participation.

The mission is mandated to make available healthcare in socially equitable, accessible and affordable manner within reasonable timeframe, creating partnership between the public, voluntary and private health sector.

One such exemplary initiative as outlined by Shri Chamling is the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Annual and Total Check Up for Healthy Sikkim (CATCH). The CATCH is extending annual health checkup facilities right up to the doorsteps of the poorest of the poor and seeks for early detection of diseases before they reach life-threatening proportions.

The Healthy Sikkim Mission 2015 among other things has provisions for strengthening healthcare facilities at primary, secondary and tertiary levels besides increasing access to healthcare services. Schemes like Mukhya Mantri Netra Jyoti Yojna for people suffering from eye-related diseases and Mukhya Mantri Sravana Shakti Samriddhi Yojna for people with acquired hearing impairment have also been introduced to attain the targets of Healthy Sikkim Mission.

It is a well documented fact that Sikkim has made substantial progress in health sector over the past two decades. Critical health indicators including IMR, MMR, disease prevalence morbidity and mortality rates have shown consistent decline over the last 15 years. There have been no confirmed cases of diphtheria, acute poliomylaties, neonatal tetanus and whooping cough in Sikkim in the last 15 years. A major achievement during this period was the decrease in the prevalence rate of goiter (iodine deficiency disorder) from 54.03 to 14.17 percent.

These achievements are the cumulative result of improved coverage and efficiency of the public health system together with several interlinked interventions and changed introduced by the Sikkim government.

The Healthy Sikkim Mission has quantifiable targets to be accomplished by 2015. Some of the health indicators sought to be achieved is 100 percent ante natal care, 100 percent deliveries by trained attendants, increase life expectancy to 70 years and TB cure rate to 85 percent.

Through the mission and roadmaps designed, the Heath Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department seeks to make positive changes in health and healthcare besides promoting an enabling environment for development of the health sector.

A series of awards and recognition endorse the improvement in healthcare system in Sikkim under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The State of Sikkim received the 4th JRD Tata Memorial Award 2008 for outstanding improvement in health indicators.

Date Published: 2016-02-25

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