Project “Saarthi” will extend to General Hospital and GMCH-32

Y.S.Rana | February 07, 2019 02:28 PM

CHANDIGARH: Poor patients and their attendants who visited Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College and Hospital ( GMCH) 32 can now look forward to “additional care services”  besides the comprehensive health care services being provided by these hospitals as project “Saarthi” is being extended to these hospitals. It is stated Mr Bikram Rana, SLO, NSS Cell, Chandigarh. A meeting to this effect has been held with the director, GMCH-32 last week and modalities were being worked out to start its relevance at GMCH-32 and General Hospital-16.

Impressed by the success of the project at PGI, authorities of these hospitals have also sought services of NSS volunteers in their hospitals too.  The NSS Cell would provide services of NSS volunteers in a single shift to assist the patients and their attendants, said Mr Rana and added that around 100 NSS volunteers would be picked up from the nearby colleges who could easily reach the hospitals.     

He further said that on persistent demand from these hospitals, the Administration has decided to depute NSS volunteers at these hospitals to assist the patients and their attendants during their stay at hospitals. He further revealed that his office had called for application from NSS volunteers those wished to provide services at these hospitals. His office had sent letters to institutions those have NSS Units to send the names of volunteers. His office had received more than 900 applications from the NSS volunteers of various educational institutions.

Around 300 NSS volunteers have been providing their services at PGI since February last.  Volunteers would be imparted training in association with the Chandigarh Red Cross Society. The society will prepare a roaster of volunteers detailing schedule of work. Volunteers will be deputed in groups consisting five volunteers each in three shifts—7 a.m to 12 noon; 12 noon to 5 p.m and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, said Mr Rana. They would be deputed on regular basis to help those in need of assistance. They will guide and take patients to proper departments and assisting them in completing the formalities.  

Every care will be taken while chalking out the schedule so that study of volunteers would not be disturbed. At first, they will assist the patients in need of emergency treatment and OPD. Later on the services would be extended to other departments. Hospital authority will be asked to provide suitable space to run a “help desk.” Deputed volunteers will be issued identity cards.

Brain behind this noble cause was former deputy commissioner, Mr Ajit Balaji Joshi and Chandigarh NSS Cell and Red Cross Society joined hands for this first of its kind initiative.        

 “Such an initiative seems to be a win-win strategy for both the patients-hospitals and the NSS volunteers. The patients and their attendants who lost in hospitals will get help and on the other it will bring greater relevance to NSS activities and  will enlighten their pathways ,” hopes Mr Rana.

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