Village children in Bihar may soon be wearing a taveez or amulet fitted with a radio frequency identification chip with their complete medical history.
“Twenty-seven lakh children are born every year in Bihar alone. Our aim is to ensure that health care facilities reach every single child of the state so that we have healthy adults. This way, there won’t be chances of our health care workers missing vaccine dates or any medicine dose,” said Sanjay Kumar, health secretary, Bihar government. “All information will be available with us at the click of a button,” he added.
The initiative is part of the Bihar Innovation Lab project by innovation consultancy firm Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS), with support from the Bihar government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched on Friday.
The project will also include providing facilities such as immunizing children, labour process tracking that will help pregnant women figure out how much time they have before they deliver the baby, organizing health and nutrition days in villages.
A vaccine delivery kit, the prototype of which was at display during the lab launch, will be the first service provided by the lab by mid next year. It will serve as a mobile workstation for Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), supplied with vaccines, infographic guide to correct vaccine practices for the healthcare workers, generic medicines, birth control pills, condoms etc.
The other innovations that the lab will focus on include oxyegen therapy.
“Small oxygen pumps will be provided at the local level for people who find it difficult to breathe, and also organizing village health and nutrition days where sugar level, blood pressure, malnourishment etc will be checked by experts. However, all this is still in the development stages,” said Aditya Dev Sood, founder, CKS.