With a view to provide healthcare to people in remote areas where people cannot access doctors especially for minor ailments,the State government has taken the digital route to bring the services of an MBBS doctor and primary healthcare to the doorsteps of the people through.
The digital digital dispensaries initiative of the Odisha government is remarkable for its boldness and coverage.
Each digital dispensary will have provision for one MBBS doctor consultation through video conferencing.In addition, a pharmacist,nurse,laboratory assistant and support staff will be in place in each dispensary.
The dispensaries are equipped with basic facilities for pathological and diagnostic tests.
A pilot of the project was impelemnted in 25 locations of Nabarangpur district and 5 locations of Keonjhar district.Till date over one lakh patients have availed services from these dispensaries.
In view of the success of the digital dispensaries in the pilot phase,the government has decided to scale up to cover another 102 locations across 23 districts of the State:Angul,Balasore,Baragarh,Bolangir, Boudh,Cuttack,Deogarh,Dhenkanal,Gajapati,Ganjam,Jajpur,Jharsuguda,Kalahandi,Kandhamal,Kendrapada,Koraput,Malkangiri,Mayurbhanjj,Nuapada,Puri,Rayagada,Sambalpur and Sundargarh.
The concerned department signs an agreement with M/s Glocal Healthcare Systems(P) Ltd for 23 districts for operation and management of the dispensaries.
Source: Reporters Today (https://englishnews.reporterstoday.com/odisha-goes-the-digital-way-to-provide-healthcare-to-remote-villages/)