In partnership with Piramal Foundation, the Andhra Government today launched a mega rural healthcare project, Chandranna Sanchara Chikitsa. Under the project, 275 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) will benefit close to 25,000 people in 600 villages everyday. The MMUs will serve the rural population in all 13 districts of the State. It is expected that the project will strengthen the rural healthcare services in the State.
The project will provide a convergence of services for identification, screening, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, follow up and referral of high risk cases in each rural habitation for the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The project was launched by State’s Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu at Vijayawada by flagging off the MMUs. Under the project, Piramal Swasthya will focus on maternal health, neonatal and infant health to 0 to 1 year old, child and adolescent health, reproductive health and contraceptive services, management of chronic communicable diseases, management of common communicable diseases and basic OPD care (acute simple illness), management of common non- communicable diseases, management of mental illness, dental care, eye care / ENT care, geriatric care and attention to emergency care. These services will be provided by a trained MMU team, comprising of a medical officer, nurse, pharmacist and lab-technician at each service point. More than 300 doctors and 900 paramedics have been on-boarded and trained on clinical domain and IT to deliver the services in villages.
On the launch of the MMUs, Anand Piramal, Executive Director, Piramal Group and member of Governing Board of Piramal Swasthya said, “Only 30 percent of Indians have access to modern healthcare. Our Foundation’s vision is to deliver healthcare using technology, healthcare workers and with government support. We are privileged to partner with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to provide high quality healthcare at significant scale to the people of the state”.
Each MMU will be equipped with latest medical devices along with tablets and laptops that will record the demographic and medical consultation of each beneficiary. The electronic medical records will be stored in a centralised server in partnership with Wipro which will develop the software solutions.
Paresh Parasnis, CEO, Piramal Foundation, “Piramal Swasthya has been working towards improving the health of Andhra Pradesh residents since 2007. We are familiar with state’s healthcare landscape and have been running integrated health campaigns for the tribal and remote areas of Araku Valley covering 43,000 residents in 181 habitations. The Chandranna Sanchara Chikitsa project will have extensive reach across all districts of the state and we hope to be able enhance the health and well-being of the underserved population in Andhra Pradesh.”