Himachal strengthening health services in remote areas

Strengthening of health facilities in the inaccessible rural areas of the state is one of the top priorities of the state government. The State Government has taken many innovative initiatives to ensure health facilities in every nook and corner of the state. This has ensured better health facilities to the people of remote and rural areas at their doorsteps.

With the aim of providing health facilities in the inaccessible areas, Jeevan Dhara Mobile Ambulance Service and Mobile Medical Unit Service have been started in the state. For the first time in the state, priority is being given to provide health facilities to the most inaccessible, deprived and backward areas of the state through these services. Health Services are being ensured by deploying doctors and other paramedical staff in Jeevan Dhara Mobile Ambulance Service.

This was the first time in the state that health facilities were taken out of the four walls of hospitals to the village through mobile health units. For which the state government deployed about 10 Jeevan Dhara mobile ambulances through the health department. Through these mobile medical units, OPD facility is also being provided along with screening of other diseases including blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. After the health check-up, treatment and medicines related to the disease are also being provided to the patients.

In the initial phase, health facilities are being provided through Jeevan Dhara mobile ambulance service in the inaccessible areas of seven districts viz. Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur and Solan. Two Jeevan Dhara mobile ambulances have been deployed in Kangra, Mandi and Shimla districts and one each in Chamba, Kullu, Sirmaur and Solan districts. As many as 2131 camps were organized in difficult areas during the last one year through this service. About 86544 OPD, NCD i.e. blood pressure and sugar testing of 15588 cases, examination of 1352 pregnant women and 64440 tests related to various diseases were done through this service. A total of 104608 people have been tested in OPD and 74273 different types of laboratory tests have been done through Jeevan Dhara Mobile Ambulance Service.

Jeevan Dhara Mobile Ambulance Service has done a great job in saving precious human lives even during the COVID-19 crisis. With a view to prevent this pandemic, the state government has provided facilities to the common people through this

service by ensuring access to Covid vaccination, treatment facilities of the common flu and medicines at door steps.

With the aim of providing relief to the patients suffering from serious kidney diseases in the state and providing dialysis facility at home to such patients, in collaboration with the Hans Foundation Charity Trust of Uttarakhand. To facilitate the patients suffering from kidney disease, the state government signed an MoU with this trust on 5th January, 2022 and started 40 medical mobile units and 10 dialysis centers in the state, in which free treatment facilities are provided for kidney disease. This service has been duly started in the state by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on 10th March, 2022.

In the 10 dialysis centers being set up in collaboration with the Hans Foundation Charitable Trust in the state, patients suffering from kidney disease have got free facilities, while mobile medical vehicles go from village to village and provide free health check-up to the people. Teams providing health services including doctors have been deployed in these vehicles. In which a doctor, a technician, a pharmacist and a social security officer have been deployed.

The state government is trying to ensure that the people of the state get health facilities at their doorsteps. For which all possible steps are being taken by the state government.

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