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AIIMS healthcare at Saran doorstep

All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna will start a centre at Sonepur in Saran from Saturday.

People can consult doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Patna through telemedicine facility at the centre, which has been named “Chattisa”.

Chattisa in local dialect means a barber.

Asked what association “barber” has with the most modern health facility in the country, an associate of AIIMS-Patna explained: “In ancient India, a barber used to be an all-rounder in society. He even distributed wedding cards for a family. Just like the traditional barber, the Chattisa would also be an all-rounder.”

This would be the 13th such centre set up by AIIMS-Patna.

The premier health hub has established 12 centres at different places, including Sitamarhi, Naubatpur and Siwan.

AIIMS director G.K. Singh said the institute wants to reach out to the common people in the state. This is the reason why it came up with the concept of Chattisa centres.

“We are going to set up 60 more Chattisa centres at different places of the state soon. There would be a fixed time when patients would be able to consult our doctors through telemedicine facility at the centres. The doctors would be able to see the patients through Skype. The technician sitting at the Chattisa centre would be able to do tests such as electrocardiogram, blood, sugar among others. He would send the test results to AIIMS, on the basis of which, our doctors would provide consultation to the patients,” Singh said.

He added: “The Chattisa centres would also help us do the follow-up of the cases. Besides, it would help AIIMS to collect data regarding the prevalence of particular diseases at a particular place in Bihar. The other reason for which we are setting up the Chattisa centres is that we don’t want AIIMS to become a sort of referral centre. We know people of this state have high expectations from the health hub but this does not mean that they should come here even for common ailments.”

AIIMS doctors have specialisation in their fields. It would be always good if they deal with complex cases, he said.

“We are not saying that people with common ailment are not supposed to consult our doctors. Thus, we have come up with the Chattisa centres wherein people would be able consult our experts even for their common ailment,” the director said.

AIIMS-Patna had been mired in controversy because of its sluggish pace of construction work since inception. But it has also contributed a lot since its start.

Director Singh said the start of the pathology services is one of the achievements of AIIMS-Patna.

“As many as 127 clinical investigations are possible in our pathology lab. Our lab has the seal from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories and it has also got Department of Scientific and Industrial Research certification. This means, clinical investigations at our pathology lab would be highly accurate,” he said.

The best part is that people at AIIMS-Patna would have to shell out 27 per cent less money than they spend at Central Government Scheme Hospitals (CGHS) for availing the various tests.

“The pathology lab was started on public-private partnership mode. The six-bed ICU has also been started at the hospital. At present, we have one operation theatre but by the end of this month, we would have three more operation theatres. We have also started the process of procuring 200 beds for our indoor services. Besides, the premier health hub has started specialised clinics for immunisation and breast among others,” Singh said.

The hospital would also start radiotherapy soon. The process for procurement of linear accelerator machine has been initiated.

“We are also going to recruit many doctors soon,” added Singh.

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