Government of India has launched the “National Programme for the Health Care of the Elderly” (NPHCE) in 2010 to address health related problems of elderly people.
Basic Aim of NPHCE programme
• Strengthening of health services for senior citizens at District Hospitals/ CHC/ PHC/ Sub-Centres;
• Dedicated facilities at 100 District Hospitals with 10 bedded wards for the elderly;
• Strengthening of 8 Regional Medical Institutions to provide dedicated tertiary level Medical Care for the elderly, with 30 bedded wards, at New Delhi (AIIMS), Chennai, Mumbai, Srinagar, Vanarasi, Jodhpur, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati; and
• Introduction of PG courses in Geriatric Medicine in the above 8 Institutions, and In-Service training of health personnel at all levels.
The major component of the NPHCE are establishment of Department of Geriatric in identified Medical Institutions as Regional Geriatric Centres for different regions of the country and to provide dedicated health facilities in District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Sub Centres levels.
Facilities under the Programme
- Geriatric OPD, 30 bedded Geriatric ward for in-patient care, etc at Regional Geriatric Centres. The Regional Geriatric Centres will also undertake PG Courses in Geriatric for developing Human Resource.
- Geriatric OPD and 10 bed Geriatric Ward at District Hospitals.
- Bi-weekly Geriatric Clinic at Community Health Centres (CHCs)
- Weekly Geriatric Clinic at Primary Health Centre (PHCs).
- Provision of Aids and Appliances at Sub-centres.