J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2015 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI). The E-book (digital version) of the annual document, which has been prepared for the first time, was also released. The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005. This is the 11th edition.
Speaking at the function, the Health Minister stated that the data is an important source of navigation. It helps in understanding the goals, our strengths and weaknesses and it is also an important means to strategize. Good compiled data enables the policymakers to make evidence-based policies and aids effective implementation of various schemes, he added.
The Health Minister said that the e-book of NHP-2015 is a step towards realizing Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. He stated, digital documents give us an opportunity for wider dissemination of information. He added that we now need to work towards converting documented data into “real-time” data. While digital data helps us to be more efficient, real time data helps to monitor our schemes and efforts in real time. Nadda added that analyses of the data, to understand what is narrates, is equally important. Interpretation of data enhances its value, he said. It is necessary for people who work with data to be skilled in its analyses also. He suggested holding seminars/workshops to further that goal.
J P Nadda congratulated and appreciated the CBHI team for their recent initiatives regarding uses of geo-mapping of four different districts of different parts of the country such as north-eastern region, south region, desert area and Jharkhand. He hoped that this exercise will extend to other parts of the country also. He also congratulated the team for increasing their ambit as data from ESIC and Railways are incorporated for the first time in the National Health Profile.
Speaking on the occasion, B P Sharma, Secretary (Health) stated that data is not only important for understanding the health indicators of the country, but it also provides an opportunity to monitor the situation. He said that the National Health Profile – 2015 indicates that significant progress has been made in the country for various health outcomes, which is an encouraging signal.
The National Health Profile highlights substantial health information under six major indicators viz. Demographic indicators giving information about population statistics and vital statistics, Socio-economic indicators which gives the information on Education, Social Indicators, Economic indicators, Employment, Housing and Amenities, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Health Status Indicators which provide information about the incidence and prevalence of common Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, Reproductive and Child Health according to States/UTs and a short overview of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS). The Health Finance provides an overview of Public Expenditure on Health, Household Out of Pocket Expenditure (Oop) on Health, Health Coverage and Insurance, External Assistance to Government for Health Sector Programmes and Public Expenditure on Health with International Comparison along with Explanatory notes on Health Data. The section on Human Resources provides an overview of availability of manpower working in the Health Sector, while Health Infrastructure provides details of Medical and Dental Colleges, AYUSH Institutes, Nursing Courses and Paramedical Courses, Admissions to BDS and MDS Courses.