Social Impact Development Foundation
Mobile Primary Health Care Service for elders
For many elders in slum areas, health care is both unaffordable and unreachable. Launched in 2015 SIDF Mobile Healthcare service tackles this very problem. Mobile Health Units ( MHUs), each manned by a qualified doctor, a pharmacist and a social worker, dispense free treatment and medicines to disadvantaged older people. Each beneficiary has a medical card and their health is monitored periodically. MHUs also refer patients requiring specialized treatment to the nearest Govt. Hospital. Many Corporates have been donating for the OPEX of these mobile clinics.
Three major reasons that have prompted the Organization to come up with this are:
- Absence of any Govt. Hospital centre in close proximity to these clusters
- Long queues. of patients outside the consulting rooms of doctors, dysfunctional equipment’s, shortage of medicines, impolite behavior of the staff. This tends to scare patients from the Govt. Hospital.
- Treatment in Pvt Hospitals / Nursing Homes is very expensive and generally beyond the means of the elders to patronize.
- Healthcare facilities and their efficient management would be provided to old and aged patients and steps taken to keep the quacks away
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