COVID-19  India Project #47959

Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19

by The PRIDE India
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19
Heathcare through Mobile Medical Unit in COVID 19

Working at par with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of ‘Ensuring healthy lives & promoting well-being for all at all ages’, PRIDE India through its fully equipped Mobile Medical Units (MMU) provides doorstep primary quality health services to the remote villages in Marathwada region.

 

We have now expanded this initiative by launching a new Mobile Medical Unit reaching out with quality health services at the doorstep of more 24 interior unserved villages of Osmanabad, an aspirational district that requires attention as per Niti Ayog.

 

The initiative has increased access of 58000 people with much-needed health services during these challenging times of pandemic thus adding our reach to a population of 2,71,995 across 126 villages.

 

The mobile medical units are a full-body bus customized, including doctors chamber, laboratory set up, a nursing section with one bed and pharmacy chamber which aims at providing primary health services, creating awareness on Covid prevention, administering COVID vaccinations, ANC & PNC care, and supporting patients with the non-communicable diseases along with the focus on preventive health.

 

We thank our donors, well-wishers and our supporters for all their continued support in reaching out to the neediest communities in these difficult times and request you to kindly continue in joining hands to ensure the safety of these vulnerable communities.

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As the country gradually began opening after the lockdown, the COVID 19 pandemic exacerbated its limitations, leading to the surge in coronavirus cases. PRIDE India’s defensive strategy through the Mobile Medical Units continued to play a vital role in providing quality health care service to the doorstep of the vulnerable people living in remote rural, under-served, unreached areas. 

The key strategy of these Mobile Medical Units during these crucial times not only provided doorstep quality treatment in the remote villages but was also helpful in controlling the corona infection.  

Widening its impact and proving as effective as possible, our Mobile Medical Units have provided COVID 19 sensitization to 126 remote villages covering 2.54 lakh population. The awareness sensitization programmes included topics like the importance of seeking timely healthcare, details and importance of the COVID 19 vaccination and the need for proper COVID 19 safety measures and good hygiene practices. The sensitization programmes were conducted through banners, loudspeakers, small group discussions and through individual health counseling.  

The Mobile Medical Units also identified and provided COVID 19 testing for the potential cases. 3621 potential cases were identified and tested. This had helped in isolating them early and therefore limiting the contagion.  

All the villagers especially the village heads, were very grateful to PRIDE India’s SPARSH Mobile Medical Unit as it provided them with timely medical services at their doorstep thus helping them stay indoors and controlling and preventing the increase of the infection. 

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The preventive and curative health care support is provided to the remote patients in the Osmanabad and Latur district through our three fully equipped Mobile Medical Units. By reaching the unreached even during this crisis, the MMU provided the beneficiaries with doorstep medical care and treatment. These mobile medical units have gone beyond their regular services by screening and testing patients and migrants returning to their village and also by sensitizing the local communities about COVID-19 prevention.  

17233 patients benefitted through the special fever OPD unit in Mobile Medical Units.  

4696 patients benefitted through the 12 non-communicable diseases medical camp conducted in 24 villages. 

Through these services, the medical team also simultaneously interacts and sensitizes the villagers on topics like hygiene and care, the importance of a proper balance diet, care during pregnancy, care for non-communicable diseases. This support has helped vulnerable people especially older people, pregnant mothers, adolescent girls, children, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease). It has also empowered the community to take conscious efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.   

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During the lockdowns, when most of the services had almost stopped, many facilities available for the people including transportation and health facilities had been affected with severe implications on the rural poor people especially the senior citizens, pregnant and lactating mothers, children, adolescent girls and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, PLHIV) who are more likely becoming severely ill with this virus.  

In order to provide primary healthcare services to people living in rural and under-served areas mainly with the objective of taking healthcare service delivery to the doorsteps of the underprivileged people, PRIDE India’s fully equipped Mobile Medical Units continued its preventive and curative health program and has gone beyond their regular services by screening and testing patients and migrants returning to their village and also by sensitizing the local communities about COVID-19 and ways to prevent oneself from this virus. 

The MMU, which is a mechanism to provide its outreach services in the rural and remote areas has reached out to the neediest patients during this period.  

  • 36182 patients provided medical support through outreach in 102 villages which is an  increase of 26% above the normal reach 
  • 15682 migrants, symptomatic, suspected patients screened across 48 villages- 165 referred and 47 found positive 
  • 10105 patients benefitted through the special Fever OPD by the Mobile Medical Unit.  

TESTIMONIAL BY A PATIENT: 

“My name is Sheela (Name changed), 58 years from Sastur. We are glad that we have the benefit of the services of the Mobile Medical Unit even in this lockdown. It saves us from long-distance travel especially when we are not feeling well. Also, we would have to spend a lot of time and money to travel to a hospital. The services provided are very good and helps our families get proper medical treatment. We are really thankful to PRIDE India and all it’s supporters for this service provided to us.” 

These rural patients were happy as they received timely medical treatment even when the health facilities and transportation had been affected. 

 

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The PRIDE India

Location: Mumbai - India
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The PRIDE India
Isha Mehra
Project Leader:
Isha Mehra
Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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