Puducherry, Jun 1: The Puducherry Department of Health and Family Welfare Service (DHFWS)bon Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GCARE Diabetes Council, a NGO for providing comprehensive primary health care.
An official statement said Dr KV Raman, Director of DHFWS, and Nandagopal, Chairman of GCARE Diabetic Council signed the MoU in the presence of Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao.
To take advanced healthcare to the rural people in an easy manner, the Puducherry health department for the first time adopted the concept of comprehensive medical care in which as a first step all primary health centres and sub-centres are converted into health and wellness centres with the support of the Government of India under NRHM.
Puducherry is the only state which is converting all the health facilities into health and wellness centre whereas other states converts only 10 to 30 percent of its primary health centre and sub-centre into Health and wellness centre.
As per the MoU, the NGO will provide a kiosk machine at all the health centres. It is a telehealth ATM machine for examinations such as Hb, blood sugar BP, pulse rate spO2 lipid profile, total cholesterol, height, weight, rar check and skin examination could be done with the help of the kiosk machine.
All the investigations are done free of cost and also tele counselling is possible which means patient at the sub-centre level can get video consultation with the specialist at district hospital and treatment can be provided, which ultimately reduces the time and agony of the patient. (UNI)