Guwahati, September 5
Critical issues and challenges in Health Care System from a North East perspective were discussed during Day One of the first Healthcare Expansion Summit North East Region (HESNER), which began today at Radisson Blu, Guwahati.
The Summit which is a two-day programme featured panel discussions which were also followed with interaction round among the participants. Each session was followed by networking and one to one business meetings. The Summit is being organized by Alaphra Group.
Alaphra Group, Managing Director, Ricky Ozukum in his welcome speech stated that the Summit is designed to create platform for national and regional decision makers to meet and determine the future of the healthcare sector in North East India. He also expressed hope that this Summit would give a good assessment on the issues which needs to be addressed. “I am sure, this summit will explore the key aspects, issues related to healthcare sector, their best practices and their applications as business drivers for innovation and growth, but most importantly affordable healthcare for the Northeast,” he stated.
Terming the event as ‘historical’, Dr. Bamin Tada, Adviser Health, North East Council, Ministry of DONER, Government of India, felt that the Summit under the theme “Better Health for North East India” was indeed an appropriate one, but very challenging too. In a keynote address, he spoke on critical issues and challenges in Health Care from North Eastern perspective. He listed the following as issues pertaining to North East India: social determinants, culture and tradition, demographic profile, communication bottleneck, environmental degradation and global warming, major health related issues, quality health infrastructure, High Tech Health industry and Medical Tourism, lack of qualified manpower, lack of super specialty hospitals, medical equipment, lack of accredited diagnostic medical laboratories, financial burden on common people, regulatory policies etc.
Dr.Bamin also stated that the people of North Eastern India want a change for the better. Adding, “We must redefine our aims and goals.” He also felt that finding practical solutions to the major critical issues and challenges in the present health care system will call for in depth understanding, analysis, imagination, and creative imagination. The role of all stakeholders will also need proper collaboration and be properly defined, he further stated.
Chairperson for the first day was Dr. Rupali Baruah, HOD, Department of Community Medicine, Guwahati Medical College.
Panel discussions were held on topics like “Human Resources for Healthcare: Demand and Supply in the Northeast”, “Modern health care delivery systems, care coordination and the role of hospitals” , “Government Legislation and role of healthcare Institutions”.
Delegates from North East states turned up for the event which was a grand success. A roster of notable speakers and honorees from the fields of healthcare, entrepreneurship, business, and experienced professionals participated in the day long Summit.
Day two will commence on September 6 with panel discussions on the topics, “Strategic planning for setting up of small and mid-sized hospitals”, “Re-Envisioning the delivery of sustainable healthcare”, “Quality and its impact on patient safety”.
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