As Modi’s government is focusing on digital media, the ministry of health is trying to organize interactive mobile applications and web portals for many of its flagship programmes for example immunization drives and mother and child care. As per the various officials from the department of health, J P Nadda who is the health minister has requested for digitization of approximately all the services that are being provided by the central government in this particular sector.
As per Ravi Shankar Prasad, India is in a desperate need of affordable health care services.
In pursuance to the decisions made by National College Commission, the health ministry is all set launch a web portal. The respective health care portal will function to provide information related to health care to Indian citizens as is expected to serve as a single point of access for consolidated health information. Nadda launched the respective portal was launched in Shimla last week. The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare has established a Special Center for Health informatics for managing and organizing the various activities of the portal, says Rakesh Kumar who is a joint secretary in the health ministry. Kumar further said that “The portal aims to make this a single point access for authenticated health information for citizens, students, healthcare professionals and researchers."
As per the president there is a need for robust infrastructure and accessible healthcare.
The information related to health and health care delivery services will be collected, verified and disseminated for the citizens of India. As Kumar listed various other initiatives he said that around 565 Special Newborn Care Units (SNUC) are established out which approximately fifty percent have been launched on an online platform He further said “"Our aim is to make 100 percent of these special units covered in the online system."
‘Mission Indradhanush’, which is a mobile application for its large scale immunization drive has also been launched by the ministry of health. He further explained that "Under this, field workers would be required to fill up all details of vaccinations of children, who have been covered or are yet to be covered. Managers would then pass on the information to the state governments which will in turn pass on the information to the central government."
Besides all the above mentioned initiatives and services launched by the government, another service is also about to kick start which will function to inform the citizens of India about their due vaccination and regular check-ups of new born and pregnant women. A basic text message on the cell phones will spread awareness and inform a parent that their kid has to be taken to the hospital for the due vaccinations or a pregnant women who has completed six months of her pregnancy that she needs to visit doctor for the regular check up. All the above mentioned initiatives will be a part of the new scheme launched by the government called ‘kilkari’ which will focus on mother and child care.
For women who are pregnant, these messages will remind them about the routine check-ups, tetnus, blood tests, and many other similar things. The government is also inclined to expand the scheme so that can include adolescent girls in the future. During the early days after the launch the messages will be sent in six different languages which are categorized into four from North India and Two from South India. More languages will be added as the scheme expands. A total of approximately seventy eight text messages have been identified in the beginning, the number of which is expected to rise over the period of time as the scheme expands. Each and every stakeholder for example doctors, midwives, state health officials, and service providers are being kept in the loop and the issues related to the technical department are being worked out.
As per Kumar the ministry is also planning to bring Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karkyakram (RBSK) online. The purpose of RBSK is to identify and early intervention for children from the time they are born till eighteen years of age till they are adults to manage the four D’s – Deficiencies, defects at birth, diseases, development delay, which also includes disability. One of the official further added that “All information relating to this initiative will also be available online soon for better tracking."