To provide better health facilities to elderly population, city member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher has asked the UT administration to pioneer a project ‘family medicine’ which will facilitate the provision of general physicians on call. Most likely, the project will be inaugurated on International Day for older persons — October 1.
The idea was floated by Kirron Kher during the meeting of district-level vigilance and monitoring committee at the UT guest house on Wednesday.
The project is in the initial stage and details are yet to be finalized. UT administration will fix the rates charged by these general physicians so that elderly people are not fleeced.
“In view of the large number of senior citizens living alone, Kirron Kher has suggested that the pilot project may be started to provide medical facilities on fixed nominal charges to these old-age people at their doorstep by involving retired doctors through Red Cross Society,” said an official statement.
“It is the biggest need of the hour in Chandigarh. An idea has been floated today in the meeting and a detailed plan will be made,” said Kirron Kher.
“There should be general physicians who take house calls. There are many elderly people who cannot go to hospitals and stand in long queues for minor ailments. They need a facility where doctors can check them at home only,” she said.
Kher said that she wants to revive the concept of good old general physicians.
“It is a dream project for me. I want to pioneer the family medicine project in the city. I will be happy if I can serve the elderly people of the city,” Kher said.
The projects will be named as family medicine and not geriatrics as MP Kirron Kher believes that old people do not like to be termed as geriatrics.