SRMS IMS, Bareilly launches Telemedicine Bus and E-healthcare centres to serve rural population

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India is short of nearly 5,00,000 doctors, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) norm of 1:1000 population. With a doctor-patient population ratio of 1:1674, the shortage of doctors is a major healthcare management issue for India. (http://bit.ly/2vRDpNj).

Determined to serve the needy and realize the dream of a healthy India, Sri Ram Murti Smarak (SRMS) Trust has consistently tried to achieve its vision through active programs. After successfully running mobile hospitals for the past two years, SRMS Trust is now focusing on rolling out new-age initiatives. On 23 September, Telemedicine Bus and E-healthcare centres were inaugurated at the SRMS Institute of Medical Sciences (SRMS IMS), Bareilly in the presence of Shri Siddharth Nath Singh, Hon’ble Health Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh; Shri Amrish Bakaya, Director – Corporate Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Shri Rajesh Agarwal, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dev Murti, Chairman – SRMS Trust and Shri Aditya Murti, Trust Secretary – SRMS Trust.

The focus of these initiatives will be to extend reach to rural areas where the situation is grimmer compared with urban locations. Timely and accurate diagnosis is very important in treatment and the Telemedicine Bus will address this need effectively. These telemedicine centers or hospitals-on-wheels will be made available on all days. While doctors can be consulted through video-conferencing, referral services are also made available. The buses are equipped with machines and instruments that can test a patient’s vitals and hemoglobin level and conduct other related blood tests. Special equipment has been included for treating pregnant women. In addition, ECG and Spirometry facilities are also available on board. SRMS Trust will also distribute medicines free of cost. It is estimated that in a year around 80,000 patients will get treatment through these facilities.

SRMS Trust continues to be inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, ‘Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being’ which aims ‘to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all.’ (http://bit.ly/2gMOYjX).

source by www.srms.ac.in/

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