This will help the community health officers (CHOs) at the sub-centres to seek guidance from specialty doctors at the civil hospital about the treatment to be administered to patients for various ailments.
The tender process has been taken up for inviting bids to set up the IT infrastructure at the health sub-centres. Once the connectivity is established under this hub-and-spoke model, patients from the village can get treatment at the sub-centre itself. “For medicine or surgeries, they may be referred to higher government medical facilities like PHCs, rural hospital, civil hospital,” said additional district health officer of Nashik zilla parishad, Dawal Salve.
Patients suffering from blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney problem, skin problem, ear, nose and throat ailments, pediatric and other ailments can thus get treatment at the sub centre level itself, with specialty doctors at the Nashik civil hospital guiding the CHOs.
The specialty doctors can also speak to the patients or check their condition through cameras attached to the computers at the sub- centres.
The district administration has also recruited 300 BAMS doctors who have been trained for six months on allopathy medicine. The project will be launched at 300 sub-centres in the first phase.