In a bid to strengthen rural healthcare infrastructure, the Karnataka government has launched 16 mobile health clinics.
Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge launched the mobile clinics at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
These clinics, equipped with all modern-day facilities including GPS and digital patient record system, will provide healthcare facilities at the doorsteps of tribals dwelling in forest areas across the southern state.
“These 16 mobile clinics cost Rs 50 lakh each and will cater to forest-dwelling persons from Jenu Kurubas, Koragas and other tribes,” an official statement said.
Each mobile clinic will have doctors, nurses, pharmacist, laboratory technician, and junior health assistant.
Responding on how these clinics will help people, Kharge said, “Each mobile clinic vehicle will daily visit two villages each in morning and afternoon hours. Apart from examination of patients and providing them medicines, the team will spread awareness on healthcare issues.”
The Minister further said those patients who would need specialised treatment will be shifted to the nearest hospitals.
“The clinics will also be equipped with GPS and digital patient record system, and enable expansion of public health network in the state,” added Kharge.