Govt to expand telemedicine services to Pangi in Chamba

  • Bhawani Negi, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2015 21:10 IST

Buoyed by a good response to telemedicine project in the two tribal areas-Kelyong and Kaza- of the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, the government is now all set to expand it to another tribal area-Pangi- of the Chamba district as well. The THS project was presented at a three-day-long national summit that concluded here on Saturday.

Additional chief secretary (health) Vineet Chaudhary said that the services would now be extended to the third remotest village. The project has been conceptualised, designed and implemented with an objective to address the problems of people staying in the remote areas. The objective of the project is to provide world class, round the year and all-weather healthcare services.

The government has roped in Apollo Hospitals for the `2-crore project, which was initiated on January 12, 2015, in the two districts, as a part of the 15-month pilot project. With the project, the people living in remote areas of the state will be connected through satellite to specialists of Apollo Hospital sitting in New Delhi and Hyderabad.

The telemedicine system will consist of customised hardware and software at both the patient and specialist doctor ends with some of the diagnostic equipment like ECG monitors, X-ray machines and pathology microscopes/cameras provided at the patient end.
They will be connected through a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) system and technical assistance will also be provided by Apollo Hospital.

Connectivity which remains the major reason behind the failure of earlier projects as the district is located at a high altitude, has rough terrain and remains cut off from the rest of the country for 5-6 months in a year.

Achieving milestones and providing respite to the natives of the tribal belt the project as on June 22 has held as many as 518 consultations, 21 emergencies covered 51 gram panchyats, including gram panchyats outside Lahul and Spiti. The female patients having benefited is 66.60 %.

The age-wise break up of patient taken care, 0-5 years 7%, 6-14 years 7%, 15-45 years 43 %, 45-60 years 31%, 60 years and above 12%.

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