Villagers to be provided health checkup facility and medicines*
Our Correspondent / Raipur
Keeping in view the encouraging results of the mobile medical unit facility in Dantewada and Bastar districts, the government has decided to expand this facility to the haat-bazaars of other remote areas of Chhattisgarh from October 2, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti.
Medical teams comprising doctors and paramedical staff would visit haat-bazaars, with sufficient stock of medicines and mobile medical unit. Villagers will be able to avail health checkup and medical treatment facility in the haat-bazaaars.
In the context, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has issued a letter to all the District Collectors, stating guidelines for implementation of the scheme. Chief Minister has directed the District Collectors to mark haat-bazaars in respective districts and present a proper action plan to send well-equipped mobile medical units in these haat-bazaars by September 15.
Chief Minister has stated in the letter that providing health services in remote areas, especially tribal regions, of the state is a challenging task. Because of the remote location, it is difficult for people to reach government health centres and avail medical treatment.
Mr. Baghel further stated in the letter that the pilot project of sending medical team to all the haat-bazaars of Dantewada, Bastar and a few other districts was started in June. Results of this initiative are extremely promising. Now this project will be expanded to other remote areas of state in a strategic matter.
Chief Minister has directed the Collectors to mark haat-bazaars of respective districts, and to arrange for medical teams as per the number of bazaars being held in the district every day. Chief Minister stated that if there is any lack of resources in the district, proper action plan should be made to meet the requirement. Initially, medical teams should be sent to the haat-bazaars as an experiment and separate record of patients and medical treatment provided to them by the medical team should be maintained.
Mr. Baghel has also stated in the letter that from October 2, medical teams should be sent to haat-bazaars regularly. All the Collectors have been directed to submit their action plan in the context by September 15. They have also been given instructions to ensure wide publicity of this noble initiative. Chief Minister has expressed belief that this scheme will be successfully implemented to provide healthcare services to people living in remote areas of the state.