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An initiative will pay back to Anurag Thakur in the election

Punjab News Express | April 06, 2019 11:46 AM

Punjab News Express/Y.S. RANA
HAMIRPUR (HP): A few years ago health facilities in the district of Himachal Pradesh including Hamirpur were few and far between. Mostly people are habitual to live in the shadow of inaccessible healthcare. It takes a pause to realize that this really was a few years ago, as recently yet the scene in the Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency is very different from what it used to be. And the agent that has brought about this change in the lives of poor people of the constituency is ‘Sansad Medical Mobile Van’ project perhaps first of its kind in the country initiated by Member of Parliament, Mr Anurag Thakur. 

It represents the social face of local MP and his endeavor to take care of people of his constituency. It has gone well with the people and people will answer back his efforts in the election slated on May 19. It is seen as a step towards healthy India as it is overcoming the last mile health care challenges in the constituency.

Reaching out the in charge of the project on telephone Ragni told Daily Post that less than a year of its launch it has provided preventive health care free of cost at the doorsteps of over one lakh people of 60 panchayats. Of these 33,475 are men and 66,535 women. Started with a van equipped with medical apparatus to conduct 40 tests for various ailments has now 17 such mobile vans covering all 17 assembly segments of the constituency. Each van has one lab technician to conduct medical tests, one nurse to help the patients and one medical doctor to prescribe medicines and treatment. He further revealed that medicines amounting over Rs six crore has been given free of cost till date under this initiative.

He further stated that majority of the people were suffering from blood pressure and hypertension. In absence of information they could not get proper treatment. At later stage these gave birth to number of serious illness. “We provide them a service that is high quality, free of cost and at their doorsteps,” says he. The program, conceptualized and spearheaded by Anurag Thakur involved the operation of mobile medical vans that travel through remote rural areas of his constituency and provide primary health care services to poor and needy.
It is found that 60 per cent people of the state suffer from blood pressure and 36 per cent hypertension. In absence of proper information and lack of treatment resulted in more serious ailments at later stage, says Ragni. Some 66 per cent of rural Indians do not have access to critical medicines and 31 per cent of the rural population travels more than 30 kilometers to seek health care. Additionally, rural health centers, where they exist, are short of trained medical personnel.
“Overall, the program has been impactful,” notes she. A typical day in the life mobile medical van is carefully planned. It starts at 9 a.m. and covers about four villages a day, seeing on average 20-30 patients at each village. Each medical van runs for five days in a week, covering about 25 villages in weekly cycles and reaches 500 people and treat basic illnesses like cough, cold, fever, infection, malaria, dengue, typhoid and hepatitis. For the more complicated illnesses, patients are referred to the nearest hospital.

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