• June 22, 2024

Renamed government NCD program 2023

The Central government expanded and renamed its NCD management and prevention program to include numerous additional illnesses and health initiatives.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has also renamed the site that enumerates, assesses risk, and screens adults over 30 for five prevalent NCDs: hypertension, diabetes, oral, breast, and cervical cancers.

On May 3, the MoHFW sent a one-page letter to the States requesting compliance with the adjustments.

The Ministry stated that since the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) now includes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic kidney disease, and others, “there is a need that the Scheme in its present form may subsume all types of NCDs under a new name”.

“To this effect, MoHFW has decided to rename ‘NPCDCS’ as ‘National Programme for Prevention & Control of Non-Communicable Diseases [NP-NCD]’,” it said.

NHM implements NPCDCS nationwide.

In the letter to Principal Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, the Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Non-Communicable Disease (CPHC NCD IT) software used for screening and management will be renamed “National NCD Portal.”

“The CPHC NCD IT system covers more people rapidly. The letter said that the CPHC NPD site will become the National NCD site.

“Accordingly, keeping in view of the above decisions of the Ministry, the State Government(s)/UT(s) are advised to take further necessary action to use the above names for the scheme and portal in all their future references and correspondences with Government of India,” the message stated.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report ‘India: Health of the Nation’s States – The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative in 2017’ indicated that NCD fatalities in India increased from 37.9% in 1990 to 61.8% in 2016.

The four major NCDs—CVDs, cancers, CRDs, and diabetes—share four behavioral risk factors: improper food, lack of physical exercise, tobacco, and alcohol use. NPCDCS has established 677 NCD district-level clinics, 187 District Cardiac Care Units, 266 District Day Care Centres, and 5,392 NCD Community Health Centres.

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