Health ATMs to buffer doctor crisis in UP’s remote areas
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To overcome the shortage of doctors in the rural hinterland, the state government has decided to introduce automated medicine dispensing machines on the lines of ATMs.

Being started on a pilot basis, the authorities plan to install 500 such machines — nicknamed health ATMs — in remote areas where people have limited or no access to medical attention owing to the distance from health centres.

“These smart machines will be able to diagnose a medical condition in 16 minutes and dispense pills for free,” state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said on Friday while addressing private players at a summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries here.

The health ATMs are a part of the government’s ePHC (electronic primary health centre) project that integrates telemedicine with free drug distribution. Being rolled out by the National Health Mission, UP, with help from State Innovations in Family Planning Services Project Agency (SIFPSA), the project aims to address the issue of doctor crunch.

According to government data, over 22% of PHCs in the state have no doctors. The project also aims to check pilferage of free drugs provided under various national programmes. “Most doctors do not want to serve in far-flung areas. But, they (people) cannot be left to fate. Technology will bridge this gap,” the minister said. Mission director, NHM, Pankaj Kumar said the project would be rolled out in 10 districts, including Varanasi and Gorakhpur, and eight aspirational districts listed by NITI Aayog. General manager (strategic consulting and expansions), DocOnline,

Aritra Kundu said, “The medicine ATMs will have long-term implications on public health. The list of benefits includes saving people from quacks and saving the time lost in transportation.” Dr BK Jain of SIFPSA who is coordinating the project said many states had already successfully tested the ePHC and automatic medicine dispensing machines.

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A●●●●h A●●u
A●●●●h A●●u General Medicine
There are many graduates like pharmD doctors who are qualified and can treat patients but are facing problems for there jobs... why can' t the Indian govt give the opportunity to pharmD' s to treat people in rural areas instead of this machines .... the Indian govt shld really take this seriously ..
Aug 12, 2019Like4
Dr. S●●●p V●●●●●●●●a
Dr. S●●●p V●●●●●●●●a Paediatrics
Will PharmD doctors really want to work in rural areas ? And what’s to stop them from encroaching urban areas ?
Aug 13, 2019Like1
Dr. D●●●●h u●s
Dr. D●●●●h u●s General Medicine
It' s like making beggar as president ???????
Aug 13, 2019Like1