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Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) - Daman

District Health Society - Daman

In most developing countries, provision of basic preventive, promotive and curative services is a major concern of the Government and decision makers.

With growing population and advancement in the medical technology and increasing expectation of the people especially for quality curative care, it has now become imperative to provide quality health care services through the established institutions. In public Sector 15,393 allopathic hospitals (Health Information of India 2003) are functioning. In the rural areas, the secondary level care is being provided through 3222 CHCs (Bulletin on Rural Health Statistics in India 2005) with 30 beds each with specialist services of physicians, paediatricians, O & G specialists, and surgeons being made available. However, these services have not been successful in gaining the faith and confidence of the people because of lack of specialists, facilities and accountability, alongwith the paucity of resources and non-involvement of the community. Upgradation of CHCs to Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) is a major strategic intervention under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The purpose is to provide sustainable quality care with accountability and people's participation alongwith total transparency. However, there is a general apprehension that this may not be possible unless a system is evolved for ensuring a degree of permanency and sustainability. This requires the development of a proper management structure which may be called as Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) (Patient Welfare Committee) / Hospital Management Society (HMS). We have some experience of these Rogi Kalyan Samities functioning in some of the States like Madhya Pradesh with good results and feasibility of replication. The project in Madhya Pradesh was started on a pilot basis and it has now been adopted in over 450 institutions across the State and has proved equally successful in extremely backward tribal and rural areas, which proves its replicability cutting across the regions. To take the concept across sections of the community, local representatives and political regime, the project concept has to be simple, appealing and easy to replicate across the State.

Concept

Rogi Kalyan Samiti (Patient Welfare Committee) / Hospital Management Society is a simple yet effective management structure. This committee, which would be a registered society, acts as a group of trustees for the hospitals to manage the affairs of the hospital. It consists of members from local Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), NGOs, local elected representatives and officials from Government sector who are responsible for proper functioning and management of the hospital / Community Health Centre / FRUs. RKS / HMS is free to prescribe, generate and use the funds with it as per its best judgement for smooth functioning and maintaining the quality of services.

Governing Body

Chairperson

  • Collector Daman

Member Secretary

  • Director Medical health Services

Members

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Gynecologist
  • Medical Superintendent, Govt. Hospital, Daman
  • Medical Officer
  • President, Indian Medical Association, Daman
  • President, Mahila Mandal
  • Up to 3 eminent citizens nominated by Hon'ble Administrator

Executive Committee

Chairperson

  • Director Medical & Health Services

Member Secretary

  • Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Daman

Members

  • Director Education, Daman
  • Deputy Collector Daman
  • Medical Officer (AYUSH)
  • Lady Medical Officer
  • District Programme Manager

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