In view of the trouble faced by tribals in getting proper healthcare, the Telangana government has decided to introduce an innovative healthcare program to identify ailments they are suffering from by providing them different tests at their doorsteps.
As part of the plans, representatives of the health department will visit the residences of the tribals located in far flung and remote areas of the state and examine them. The idea is to identify the health problems in the early stage and treat them effectively instead of providing the treatment at the last stage. The authorities of the health department are saying that their proposed scheme would help the tribals as they languish in poor living conditions owing to poverty.
The authorities have decided to set up 10 mobile labs to conduct the clinical tests on the tribal population in ten districts of the state including Adilabad, Asifabad, Manchiryala, Bhoopalapalle, Mulugu, Mahabubabad, Khammam, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Nagarkurnool.
The designated staff of the health department, like Asha workers and ANMs, would visit the tribal hamlets and perform various clinical investigations.
According to the official statistics of the state government, the state has 6.52 lakh tribal population. There are 75 primary health centres spread across the ten districts of the state to cater to the needs of these people. The selected 10 districts have 1697 villages in their limits.
The authorities of the health department have said that the tribal people from Mulugu, Bhupalapalle, Kothagudem, Asifabad and Adilabad districts have been found to be suffering from kidney related ailments. It is also observed that the number of kidney patients was only growing in the state. It is also found that 63 percent of the tribal population is affected by mosquito menace too.
“The total number of dengue cases is increasing. The dengue fever cases are only increasing in districts like Khammam. The health minister of the state Eetela Rajender held a review meeting on the issue and asked the officials to take steps for the prevention of the dengue fever cases. It was during this meeting that the concept of mobile test centers in the districts came up. The vehicle proposed for the purpose would also have all the sophisticated instruments.
The sophisticated equipment can help the health department staff perform 200 tests in single go,” an official of the health department of the state told DTMT.
The authorities are saying that they would require Rs.300 crore for the establishment of the mobile test conducting centers. Each mobile team would have a government doctor, lab technician, nurse and pharmacist. The team members would also give free medicines to the patients after performing the tests. The patients would be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, if required.