Fact Box: National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly
“National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly” (NPHCE)
NPHCE launched during 11th Plan period by The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare keeping in view the recommendations made in the “National Policy on Older Persons” as well as the State’s obligation under the “Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act 2007”.
- To address various health related problems of elderly people.
- To provide separate and specialized comprehensive healthcare to the senior citizens at various level of State healthcare delivery system including outreach services.
Some of the key components of the NPHCE during 11th Five Year Plan were:
Establishment of 30 bedded Department of Geriatric in 8 identified Regional Medical Institutions (Regional Geriatric Centres) in different parts of the country and to provide dedicated health care facilities in District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Sub Centres in 100 identified districts of 21 States.
Future plan for NPHCE:
- Programme being implemented in a phased manner. 100 districts have been selected initally from 21 States in 11th Five Year Plan.
- Proposal to cover more districts under the programme.
- Development of 12 additional Regional Geriatric Centres in selected Medical Colleges of India during the 12th Five Year Plan
- Establishment of National Institute of Aging at AIIMS, New Delhi and Madras Medical College, Chennai.
Continuation of programme activities in the existing 100 districts and 8 Regional Geriatric Centres.
Addition of 4 new Regional Geriatric Centres.
Addition of more districts in a phased manner.