- Ezrela Dalidia Fanai, NET Correspondent, Mizoram
The Mizoram Health Minister – Dr. R. Lalthangliana today inaugurated a two-days long programme on ‘Immersion Training’ at Hotel Floria in Aizawl.
This training is a collaboration of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) and National Health Mission (NHM) Mizoram; thereby aiming to update the state health officials with the ECHO Model – a proven and effective model to strengthen healthcare systems through capacity building.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Lalthangliana stated that the main focus of the State’s Health Department is to deliver the best quality healthcare services to all the citizens, and in particular, to the economically backward sections of the society.
He added that such training opportunities are extremely crucial to constantly improve and update the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals; so that they are ready to effectively deal with all emerging medical challenges.
The Associate Vice president of ECHO India – Dr Sandeep Bhalla shared “We are very proud of our partnership with NHM Mizoram. Our other healthcare partners in the state include the State TB Center (STC) and the Mizoram Nursing Council, which is a unique example where ECHO India played a critical role as catalyst as well as enabler for health system strengthening and contributed for building capacity of over 300 healthcare professionals to fight COVID-19 through its Vaccination Confidence and Advocacy Program (VCAP).”
The ECHO model enables all healthcare professionals in providing better quality healthcare to weaker sections of the society.
Owing to its effectiveness and successful implementation across all 28 states for diseases like – COVID-19, tuberculosis, cancer screening and mental health, ECHO India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in 2019.
It serves as a framework for enhancing the capabilities of numerous federal healthcare initiatives.