Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Thursday that the state government is committed to providing quality health services to people closest to their homes and efforts are being made to strengthen health infrastructure.
He made the remarks while virtually dedicating the Hans Kidney Care Center to Mandi and also started a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) program by reporting 15 MMUs in different parts of the state from Peterhof to Shimla.
Thakur said the state government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hans Foundation on January 7, 2022 for the operation and management of 10 dialysis centers and 40 mobile medical units in the state. A total of 10 dialysis centers would be operated across the state by the Hans Foundation to provide free dialysis facilities at public hospitals.
In addition, four dialysis centers would be run by the organization in Mandi, two in Solan and Shimla and one in Kangra and Kinnaur and each dialysis unit would be run by three machines in each identified hospital, he added.
The CM said that all the necessary equipment, management, human resources, medicines and electricity and water facilities will be provided by the institution.
“The government during the Covid-19 pandemic, through the active cooperation of the people of the state, not only ensured effective control of the spread of this virus, but also emerged as a champion in the vaccination campaign.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the efforts and measures taken by the state government in handling Covid. In order to provide health facilities in remote areas of the state, 10 mobile medical units are operated as Jeevandhara Mobile Health and Wellness Centre.
As part of this program, free medical consultations and screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cancer were also carried out by the doctors,” he added.
He further said that 40 mobile medical units would be run by the organization to provide quality free primary health care services in the state through which a total of 960 villages in Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla and Solan districts will be covered. Rs 67 crore would be spent on this effort over a period of three years.
Additionally, Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) were an innovative model of healthcare delivery that could help alleviate health disparities among vulnerable populations and individuals. By opening their doors directly into communities and leveraging existing community assets, MMUs can deliver responsive, high-impact and affordable health care that dynamically responds to changing community needs, he added. .