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Zilla Parishad launches project to upgrade primary health centres in Pune district

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad, told The Indian Express that primary health centres are the bedrock of public health

An ambitious project has been launched to improve the primary health system in Pune district. Apart from upgrading the existing 102 primary health centres, another 12 are being added and funds to the tune of Rs 26 crore have been raised to strengthen the healthcare services.

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad, told   that primary health centres are the bedrock of public health. “Over the past one year, Pune Zilla Parishad has identified infrastructure required in PHCs as per the standards set up by National Quality Assurance Survey, ISO, PHC manual, various national guidelines and state government resolutions. We conducted an extensive gap analysis through self-assessment, cross assessment and visit of district teams. We realised that though the equipment may seem small, it has a big impact on health services,” Prasad said. As part of the gap analysis, teams were sent to Delhi, Bengaluru, Kerala, Telangana and other states to study the best practices followed at primary healthcare facilities.

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