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Times of India
08 May, 2010
Chennai, India

The Centre is working out ways and means to upgrade facilities at government hospitals across the country to ensure quality healthcare to every section of society. This would be done by getting the hospitals accredited by the National Board of Accreditation of Hospitals (NBAH), Union health secretary Sujatha Rao said here at the inauguration of the three–day international conference on health systems strengthening here on Friday.

Government hospitals in Sholingur and Namakkal have become the first two in Tamil Nadu to get the NABH accreditation. Quality Council of India secretary general Giridhar J Gyani handed over the certificates at the inauguration. Ten more are in the process of getting the accreditation.

NABH, a constituent board of Quality council of India, was set up to establish and operate accreditation programmes for hospitals. The certification is given based on services and infrastructure at hospitals. “This is to ensure that there are no more patients lying unattended by doctors, or rusting equipment in hospitals. Every system is put in place to ensure quality health care delivery,” said union health secretary Sujatha Rao. “In fact we are planning a grading system to accredit all government hospitals in the country, she added.” At present, certifications are largely claimed by private hospitals, said state health minister MRK Panneerselvam. “Across the state there are 45 hospitals that have this accreditation,” he said.

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