This module is said to be equally effective for control of other epidemics and health disasters due to natural or unnatural causes. Published in the Indian journal of medical sciences this week, the module suggested setting up of 10 Community Care Centres ( CCCs), each with 10 beds and necessary medical equipment, in every district of the country for managing patients and providing treatment under the supervision of the district administration.
The DMs concerned will be the nodal officer of these CCCs while one doctor of a nearby government medical college would be appointed as the medical officer. AIIMS-P director Dr P K Singh said many states including Bihar have been fighting against a host of diseases like dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, typhoid, malaria, diarrhoea and now the Covid-19 virus and in most of the cases patients had to rush to hospitals for recovery and relief.
‘The CCCs concept, if adopted by the state governments, would not only lessen the load of patients on hospitals in this era of pandemic but would also get treatment at their doorsteps,” said Dr Singh.
“We are ready to provide our faculty members to act as medical officers in case of CCCs getting established at district level,” added Dr Singh.
The researcher, Dr Anil Kumar, head of trauma and emergency of AIIMS-P said the module proposed that all medical colleges of the states concerned should provide training to resource persons, who could be Asha workers, telemedicine operators, paramedical staff and other health workers. Every CCC would provide a WhatsApp number for sharing of problems by people seeking medical care for Covid-19 or outbreak of other diseases.
The CCC should be set up in marriage halls, schools, colleges, panchayat bhawan or other places having an approximate area of 15000 square feet and have proper water, power and sanitation facilities.
Dr Anil said the sick and serious patients of Covid or other diseases would be sent to higher centres for treatment but those with mild symptoms can be treated at CCCs. The financial help to purchase the entire fixture and meet consumables may be provided by the state government, NGOs or even individuals willing to serve the ailing humanity.
“ It is a module having equally important role of the DMs, doctors, NGOs, paramedics and even local persons joining hands against the hazardous diseases”, he added.