5th September 2014 – The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) announced today the signing up of an agreement, with Piramal Swasthya, to operate its flagship CSR initiative – “Arogya Raksha” – in Shahpur Mandal, Yadgir District, Karnataka.
DAE has signed an Agreement with Health Management and Research Institute (Piramal Swasthya), a part of Piramal Foundation, to promote inclusive development by providing free of cost primary healthcare services at door steps of rural population. The service will be known as “Arogya Raksha” and will deliver multiple health care services to un-served & underserved through Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). Arogya Raksha will operate initially, with one MMU on a pilot basis with a provision for expansion in many other locations across India.
The Mobile Medical Unit would be operated in Gogikona, Gogipeth, Kanchankai, Rajapur, Karkihalli, Rabbanhalli, Dakshinpur, Gogikona, Thanda 1, Thanda 2, Diggi, Saidapur, Ommer Doddi and Gogikona villages of Shahpur Mandal in Yadgir district of Karnataka. With the objective of rendering affordable and advance primary healthcare services to unserved and underserved population of remote rural area through preventive and curative services by an efficient, cost effective and IT enabled health delivery system at their doorsteps, every village will be visited at least twice a month. The initial phase of the project is for a period of 2 years.
The Mobile Medical Unit comprises of a team consisting a Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, MMU Coordinator and a Driver, equipped with diagnostic equipment such as BP apparatus, Weighing machine, Glucometer etc. to provide diagnostic services. MMU Coordinator is provided with Android based tablet installed with Piramal Swasthya’s specially designed software application to capture demographic details and to create Electronic Health Records (EHR) of beneficiaries.
The targeted beneficiaries include:
Diagnostic services such as tests for Random blood sugar, Urine Sugar, Urine Albumin, Malaria (PV/PF), and Haemoglobin would be conducted. Medicines would be dispensed free of cost.
“Arogya Raksha is designed to provide the services to the people residing in the remote villages with the intent of strengthening the health services to these villages by bringing regularity, fixed date, integration, convergence and comprehensiveness using technology” said Mr N.M. Bahl, Executive Director (Projects – South), UCIL, DAE.
“Piramal Swasthya aims at providing health care service till the last mile. We are glad that the DAE is providing us a platform to implement this service in Karnataka through “Arogya Raksha”. Piramal Swasthya shall strive to provide high quality health care services to the underserved with these services” said Dr. Balaji Utla, CEO Piramal Swasthya.
DAE has been engaged in community development services through initiatives of various organisations, public sector undertakings and service organisations under its ambit.
Health Management and Research Institute (Piramal Swasthya), a part of Piramal Foundation, is a registered society based in Hyderabad, Telangana. Piramal Swasthya with more than 6 years of experience, works towards making healthcare accessible, affordable and available to all the segments of population, especially to the most vulnerable. In order to achieve this goal, Piramal Swasthya leverages cutting edge information and communication technologies to cut costs without compromising quality as well as partnerships to scale its solutions throughout India.
Piramal Swasthya strives for equity in healthcare, especially for the rural poor, and plans to spread its 104 Health Information Helplines, Mobile Health Services and Telemedicine initiatives throughout India. Piramal Swasthya is currently present in 10 states in partnership with State Governments, NHM, corporates etc. with a 1400 +strong force including 150+ Doctors & specialists.