Sensitization of public representatives -MLAs, MLCs & ZP members
Sensitization Workshop for MLAs & MLCs
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka encompasses the activities of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH; Drugs control Department, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka State Drug Logistic Society, Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust, Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project and National AIDS Control Programme. Through these institutions the department is providing comprehensive health care comprising preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative health care to the people of the state.
The elected representatives such as MLAs, MLCs, and ZP & TP members have a direct stake in the implementation of these programs and have an important role in oversight of these schemes. Further, the NRHM encourages community participation and community ownership in health services delivery. The Zilla Panchayath and Taluk Panchayath members are also part of the Arogya Raksha Samitis. MLAs and MLCs have been made chairperson of Arogya Raksha Samitis (ARS) of the respective districts and Taluk Hospitals. These elected people are discharging their responsibilities and play major role in the Arogya Raksha Samitis especially in the developmental activities and also about the effective utilization of untied funds.
Consequent to the recent assembly election in the state many of the MLAs have been elected to the assembly for the first time. Many new initiatives and programs are being implemented in the health and family welfare department. Hence there was a need to sensitize the recently elected representatives including MLAs, MLCs, ZP and TP members regarding the structure, scope, activity, reforms impact, and challenges in health and seek their co-operation through this workshop.
Keeping this need in mind, a two day workshop was organized in Belgaum division and an information booklet which comprised of all the health programs and incentives was provided to all the elected representatives. The Elected representatives’ involvement was excellent, both in terms of attendance and participation. The Pre and Post workshop analyses reveals more than 80% of the participated elected representatives that they were unaware of most of the common health programs, especially the monitory benefits provided to the community and their roles and responsibilities in monitoring of the health programs. This workshop helped them to get better insights about programs and services offered and this resulted in empowering elected representatives and enhanced community participation. There was a demand to conduct several such programs in other divisions of Karnataka, so that community participation can be strengthened in implementation of the health programs including NRHM.