Ranchi, Oct. 28: As many as 4,553 health camps will be organised across 24 districts in Jharkhand through the month of November — a first in the state to curb mortality owing to untreated and undiagnosed diseases.
To be held by the Jharkhand Rural Health Mission Society (JRHMS) at every panchayat headquarters, the camps will have facilities for proper pathological investigations and treatment.
Speaking to The Telegraph, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) director Manish Ranjan said, “Because of lack of medical awareness or other reasons, people in remote areas often avoid visiting a health centre. Now, we are trying to reach out to them.”
He added that all medical and non-medical personnel were ready for the health campaign.
“Civil surgeons have been directed to monitor every health camp in their respective areas personally. Elaborate schedules have been prepared to ensure that doctors, para-medical staff and other associates remain present at the camps,” he said.
Moreover, the JRHMS will involve all members of the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees at the panchayat level so that the services reach those who are living in remote pockets.
“Sahiyas have already been asked to create awareness about the proposed camps at villages and extend support to those who need treatment,” he said, adding medicines would be distributed for free at the camps.
According to him, doctors at the camps would refer serious and complex cases to advanced health hubs, like referral hospitals at the district level.
“BPL patients will be given financial aid for treatment at the higher level,” he said.
Sources said the state government had formed a committee that would refer patients suffering from complex diseases to hospitals outside the state, like CMC Vellore.
“The state will bear the cost of treatment for such patients,” said a health department official.