Chandigarh, Jul 27 (PTI) Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra today launched a flagship health scheme which is targeted at improving patient outcomes through better family engagement and education.

Mohindra said the state department of health and family welfare has entered into an MoU with Noora Health India Trust, a healthcare non-profit organisation, for implementation of the ‘Care Companion Programme’ (CCP).

He said the innovative programme turns hospital hallways or wards into classrooms by teaching the family of patients high-impact medical skills to take care of the patients in the hospital and at home, according, according to an official spokesperson of the department.

The minister said the CCP will be initially implemented in maternal and child health wings of six district hospitals — Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Sangrur, Tarn Taran — and shall be rolled out to additional public health facilities in the state in the near future.

Mohindra further said that staff nurses from all six hospitals are trained on how to engage and teach patients in the wards, the spokesperson said.

Families will learn high-impact health skills for taking care of the new-born baby, their hygiene, thermal care, breastfeeding, and maternal nutrition, the official said.

The aim is to reduce the number of infant deaths and complications like infections in the first 30 days post- discharge and ensure adoption of long-term health pro-motive behaviours, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.