GUWAHATI: The Meghalaya cabinet has approved the state’s first health policy amidst the Covid19 pandemic to become the country’s first state to do so.
The policy called MOTHER (Measurable Outcomes Transforming Health sector through a holistic approach with a focus on women’s Empowerment) was approved in a cabinet meeting on Friday.
The policy was aligned with the draft National Health Bill, 2009, National Health Policy 2017 (NHP, 2017) and the National Public Health Act, 2018 (draft) while including provisions that have been tailored to the State’s unique context.
It aimed at a three-dimensional positive healthcare model focusing on Preventive, Curative and Enabling aspects. The policy was framed to provide health care for citizens, especially for the poor and marginalized.
It also laid special emphasis on last-mile delivery by actively involving all the stakeholders representing concerned departments at PHC/CHC level.
The use of Artificial Intelligence and Technology for providing healthcare with greater precision was also a part of the policy.
Meghalaya government has also planned to set up a state public health authority (SPHA) to oversee the implementation of this policy.