§ The Community Health Centres (CHCs) which constitute the secondary level of health care were designed to provide referral as well as specialist health care to the rural population. These centres are however fulfilling the tasks entrusted to them only to a limited extent. The launch of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) gives us the opportunity to have a fresh look at their functioning.
§Objectives of Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) for CHCs:
v To provide optimal expert care to the community
v To achieve and maintain an acceptable sta ndard of quality of care
v To make the services more responsive and sensitive to the needs of the community.
§ In order to provide Quality Care in these CHCs Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) are being prescribed to provide optimal expert care to the community and achieve and maintain an acceptable standard of quality of care. These standards would help monitor and improve the functioning of the CHCs.