14th National Health Profile for 2019 Released

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the 14th National Health Profile (NHP). The profile is prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) and includes comprehensive data on demographic, socio-economic health status, health finance indicators, health infrastructure and health of human resources in the country. The release of the National Health Profile was started from 2005 onwards.

While releasing the e-book of the NHP, the Union Minister stated stressed on the importance of data as a source of understanding the issues and needs of the population. He further said that it helps in understanding the goals, strengths and weaknesses of government policies and a means to strategize area specific interventions.

Key highlights of the Release
The National Health Profile highlights substantial health information under major indicators like population and vital statistics, socio-economic indicators like education, employment, housing and amenities, drinking water and sanitation and health status indicators like incidence and prevalence of common communicable diseases and RCH etc.

The health finance section provides an overview of health insurance and expenditure on health both public and Out of Pocket Expenditure (OOP) etc. The section on human resources provides an overview of availability of manpower working in the health sector while health infrastructure section provides details of Medical and Dental Colleges, AYUSH Institutes, Nursing and Paramedical courses etc.

About CBHI
Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), established in 1961, is the health intelligence wing of the Directorate General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health & FW, GOI with the vision to have “A strong Health Management Information System in entire country”. This national institution is headed by a SAG level medical officer with specialization in public health administration of Central health services (CHS), supported by officers from Indian Statistical Services as well as CHS and through its six field survey and training units.

The Mission of CBHI is “To strengthen Health Information system in each of the district in the country up to facility level for evidence based decision making in the Health Sector”.

SOURCE: PIB, CBHI Website



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