IN LINE with the policy of involving private participation in health services, a mobile sonography facility—outsourced to Sodani Vora Diagnostic Centre—will be inaugurated for the benefit of high-risk pregnant women visiting the ante-natal check-up clinics at four government health institutions in the City on Tuesday.
These high-risk women from below poverty line (BPL) families will get sonography test facility free of charge. The charges will be later reimbursed by the respective institutions to the service provider under the Urban Health Plan.
Starting from Tuesday at Govind Vallabh Pant District Hospital (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), the mobile facility will also be available at Prakashchand Sethi Hospital, Sanyogitaganj (near GPO) (on Wednesdays), Mangilal Churia Hospital, Ambedkarnagar (on Saturdays) and Nandanagar Hospital (on Mondays and Fridays) under the Urban RCH programme.
“We have timed the availability of mobile sonography machines at these hospitals according to their antenatal care (ANC) days so that more and more high-risk pregnant women are able to benefit from the facility,” according to Urban Health Plan coordinator Dr Gagan Gupta.
Indore city has only two sonography machines—-one at M Y Hospital and another at Hukumchand Polyclinic. The introduction of new mobile facility will ease the load on these institutions and more importantly, cover more and more high-risk women, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Dubey told Hindustan Times.
“Only high-risk cases will be referred for sonography for this new mobile sonography facility to avoid complications during pregnancy and also to know the health of the foetus as ultimately these lead to either maternal deaths or infant mortality.
This is an important step towards bringing down the infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) as envisaged by the Centre and the state,” Dr Dubey said.
Dr Gupta said the government institutions would provide only a room and electricity for the mobile sonography facility. “The sonographer and the technicians, if any, would be the company’s own staff,” he added.
By outsourcing the service to Sodani Vora Diagnostic Centre, it is estimated that the health authorities will be paying about Rs 3 lakh per facility (total Rs 12 lakh) as against Rs 15 lakh (total Rs 60 lakh) if the government was to install and run these machines itself.
Earlier this month, while inaugurating the CT Scan facility at M Y Hospital outsourced to Nicholas Piramal’s Wellspring facility, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi had said, “The private partnership offers the advantage of the latest technique in comparatively lesser costs to poor patients. Costs like transportation of patients to other referral units would also reduce and ultimately help the patients.”