People in remote and rural areas who suffer heart attacks, will immediately get care and treatment through telemedicine and ambulances equipped with the latest gadgets will reach them within minutes, said chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday.
Launching the Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment (RAHAT) programme at the Eternal Hospital in Jaipur, Raje flagged off an ambulance fitted with equipment and trained paramedical staff and also saw a live demonstration programme from a control room set up at the hospital.
Rajasthan is touching new heights in the medical and healthcare sector with important programmes like Arogya Rajasthan, new medical colleges and Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, she said.
“In partnership with private hospitals, and with innovations like telemedicine among others, Rajasthan will become the leading state in the country in the healthcare sector.”
Raje further said that coordinated efforts of the government and the private sector is very important for providing better healthcare services in the state.
“RAHAT is one such effort where people in remote and rural areas can get timely treatment during heart attacks.”
After success in a number of organ transplantations and complex treatments like open heart surgery, now the dream of providing relief to heart patients through telemedicine has started coming true, Raje said.
“The Mount Sinai hospital in the US, which specializes in treating heart attacks, is extending its cooperation.”
It is important to rush patients after a heart attack to a hospital as quickly as possible and in RAHAT programme the facility will be available, Raje said.
“Government and private hospitals across the state will be brought under a network to reduce the time and distance between a medical an expert doctor and the patient.
“After the setting up the basic infrastructure, we are now concentrating on increasing capacity of healthcare services and spreading awareness among patients and people.”
She said it is not only the state government’s dream of better and cheap healthcare services, even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the same dream.
“PM Modi has taken a new initiative of providing stents at cheaper price. With programmes like RAHAT, the cost heart treatment will be reduced to a great extent and will be easily available to poor patients,” she said.
State health minister Kali Charan Saraf, Mount Sinai hospital’s Dr Arthur A Kline and Lumen Global Foundation chairman Dr Sameer Mehta, Eternal Hospital director Dr Samin Sharma, medical education secretary Roli Singh and Rajasthan University of Health Sciences vice chancellor Dr Raja Babu Panwar were among others who were present at the launch function.