The primary health centre (PHC) at Khamkheda in Deola has shown the way and a number of such units across the district are now in line to follow suit.
The district health office is planning to put in some extra efforts to ensure ISO certification, a tag that the Khamkheda unit was the first to bag in Nashik, for at least 10 PHCs in the district for ensuring quality healthcare in the rural belt.
Among the PHCs proposed to for the ISO certification are the ones at Pandhurli and Naigaon in Sinnar, Mohadi in Dindori, Talegaon in Dindori and Wadiwarhe and Amboli in Trimbakeshwar.
District health officer (Nashik) Sushil Wackhchaure said, “These PHCs have maintained a standard of infrastructure and are providing quality healthcare in their respective jurisdictions. The centres are also achieving the targets of family planning surgeries and conducting regular programmes such as health check-up camps, HIV counselling and blood donation camps.”
Though the district has 104 PHCs, the district health office has got the government’s apporval for setting up seven more. Wackchaure said there should be one PHC to cater to 30,000 people in non-tribal areas and 20,000 in tribal belts.
Officials said several PHCs in the district had to cater to a population of over 60,000-70,000 people. Keeping this in mind, new PHCs have been proposed at Anjaneri in Trimbakeshwar, Lehavit and Jamthane in Sinnar, Rajapur and Bharamb in Yeola, Khadakmalegaon in Niphad and Sayyad Pimpri in Nashik taluka. The officials added that the new PHCs were likely to constructed in the next two years.
On the other hand, various villages are trying to get assistance from private companies as part of the corporate social responsibility scheme.
The officials claimed that the Khamkheda PHC was much better than various private hospitals. It has an Ayush garden with over 50 plants of medicinal properties, a garden for children, online case-paper, a spacious out-patient department, special room for mothers of newborn babies for feeding the children, baby warmer machine and a maternal ward.