NMC develops Smart Health Centres in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 09:09:51


Special Correspondent,

Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), that is always under fire for not maintaining its hospitals and dispensaries, is getting technical and financial help of Tata Trust to improve the present infrastructure to create patient-friendly environment in these establishments. With this magnanimous help, the Smart City can have Smart Dispensaries and Health Centres envisaged under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). This has also increased the number of patients in these Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHC).

This is a pilot project of Tata Trust, one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisation, working in the several fields for last several years. Tata Trust has improved the basis infrastructure of these health posts by installing air conditions to create better working conditions for the employees and patients. There is a separate area for registration of patients and waiting area has proper chairs. The system is digitized and every patient gets token number to visit the doctor. His/her data is digitally stored for next visits. Tata Trust delegates are making these small but effective changes in the health posts to improve the treatment quality.

Tata Trust has also ensured improvement in the existing infrastructure of Health posts. Buildings got a new quote of paint, vitrified tiles have been used in place of old tiles and available space has been demarcated to give a corporate look or private clinic look. The trust has taken help of architects for maximum utilization of available space in the present infrastructure and they have done miracle.

NMC is providing health
facilities for just Rs 10 per patient with free medicines. The blood sugar test, Hemoglobin tests and other facilities are also available at rates much cheaper than
private hospitals. The vaccination is also provided to children at nominal cost.
Dr Renuka Yawalkar, Head of Futala UPHC said, earlier only slum patients used to visit this health post, now, neighbouring middle class families are also availing our services.

Dr Snehal Pandao, Head of Zingabai Talki UPHC said, every day around 100 patients are visiting this health centre and social profile of patients is improving with every passing day. With proper tie-ups, MRI, CT Scan facility, Sonography are also being offered at very affordable rates.

Dr. Shraddha Washimkar of Indora UPHC said, every health centre is catering to around 50,000 population of the nearby locality. She suggested to provide medicines for diabetes, hypertension as large number of patients are affected by these life-style disorders.
Dr Pragya Gajbhiye of Kapil Nagar UPHC said, “We are also monitoring our patients and staff with the help of CCTVs installed in the centre. There is jump in number of patients from 10 to 40 per day.”

Dr Vijay Joshi, Health Officer (HQ) said, “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has suggested Tata Trust to work in Nagpur for improvement in health sector with local body. NMC has signed a MoU with the trust in December 2017 to develop 26 Urban Public Health Centre as per the guidelines of NUHM. The Trust is developing 8 centres in first phase while 10 centers will be developed in second phase. The remaining 8 centres will be developed in third phase. NMC has provided them basic infrastructure, team of doctors and staff. Every centre has Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), General Nursing and Midwife (GNM), Laboratory assistant and other staff members.”

Dr Tikesh Bisen Lead coordinator of Tata Trust Nagpur said, “We are also giving training to the staff and doctors to increase their efficiency. The training session has given a major boost to these employees. We are also working on improvement of entrance of health centre. Very soon, all the computers will be attached with the server situated at Head Quarters. The data generated in these centers will help in mapping diseases spreading in particular locality. Dr Purvalee Katkar was also present during discussion.


Central Path lab to start at Sadar

Tata Trust is developing a centralised pathology tests laboratory at Sadar Diagnosis Centre. The blood samples from all over the health centres will be send to this laboratory and report will be dispatched on-line to the referring centre. Tata Trust will conduct 22 types of blood tests in this laboratory. Presently, NMC is doing only 4-5 blood tests and there is a demand to increase number of these tests. The laboratory may start next month, said Amol Nawkar, senior consultant of Trust.