New Delhi: Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2015 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), here today. The E-book (digital version) of the annual document, which has been prepared for the first time, was also released. The National Health Profile covers demographic, socioeconomic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005. This is the 11th edition.
Also present at the release function were DGHS, Dr Jagdish Prasad, Special DGHS, Dr. B D Athani, Director (CBHI), Dr. Madhu Raikwar, and senior officers of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and CBHI.Speaking at the function, the Health Minister stated that the data is an important source of navigation. It helps in understanding the goals, our strengths and weaknesses and it is also an important means to strategize. Good compiled data enables the policymakers to make evidence-based policies and aids effective implementation of various schemes, he added.
The Health Minister said that the e-book of NHP-2015 is a step towards realizing Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. He stated, digital documents give us an opportunity for wider dissemination of information. Shri Nadda added that analyses of the data, to understand what is narrates, is equally important.
Shri J P Nadda congratulated and appreciated the CBHI team for their recent initiatives regarding uses of Geo-mapping of four different districts of different parts of the country such as north-eastern region, south region, desert area and Jharkhand.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri B P Sharma stated that data is not only important for understanding the health indicators of the country, but it also provides an opportunity to monitor the situation.