The Puducherry Department of Health and Family Welfare Service (DHFWS) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an NGO named GCARE Diabetes Council for providing comprehensive primary health care to the rural areas.
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, said an official statement.
In an effort to elevate the healthcare system in the rural areas, the Puducherry health department for the first time adopted the concept of comprehensive medical care in which all primary health centres and sub-centres are converted into health and wellness centres with the support of the Government of India under NRHM.
While other states convert only 10 to 30 percent of its primary health centre, Puducherry is the only state which is altering all the health facilities into health and wellness centre.
As per the MoU, the NGO will provide a kiosk machine, 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 at all the health centres.
All the investigations are carried out costless 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.