By serving several locations across the city, the MMU envisages to benefit more than 10,000 people. The spectrum of preventive and curative healthcare services shall be provided free of cost.
Today the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, BN Singh has flagged of DLF Foundation’s Mobile Medicare Unit (MMU) from his office in Noida Sector 27. This was done in the presence of Dr Anurag Bhargav, Chief Medical Officer, Noida, Rajeev Singh, Executive Vice President, DLF Ltd and Gayatri Paul, Programme Director, DLF Foundation.
Officials from the magistrate’s office and DLF Foundation along with local members of the nearby communities were also present on the occasion.
By serving several locations across the city, the MMU envisages to benefit more than 10,000 people. The entire spectrum of preventive and curative healthcare services shall be provided free of cost.
Raising awareness on basic health care and hygiene is a pronounced prerogative of the MMU that shall be manned by professional staff including doctors, nurses, lab technicians and some volunteers. This is the second MMU which has been flagged off by DLF Foundation in Noida. The first was flagged off last year.
Speaking to City Spidey, BN Singh said, “This is a wonderful initiative and I thank DLF Foundation for the same. I hope that this MMU will reach to the maximum number of people and help in curing their ailments”.
“Through the Mobile Medicare Programme, we aim to carry healthcare to every doorstep. People will now have easy access to diagnostic tools. Also the support in terms of preventive health care shall be significantly better,” said Gayatri Paul, Program Director, DLF Foundation.
The MMU will have a comprehensive bouquet of services. Treatment for minor ailments including fever, diarrhoea, ARI, worm infestation, TB detection, malaria, leprosy, locally endemic communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc are part of the curative services. Provision of first aid and minor surgical procedures are also available.
Within maternal and child health services the prime services include antenatal check-ups and early registration of pregnancies. There is an emphasis on examination of general health parameters like height, weight, blood pressure, urine (albumin and sugar), abdominal condition and breast health. Iron and folic acid supplementations shall also be secured within the ambit of maternal and child health services. Identification of high-risk pregnancies and appropriate referrals are other defined prerogatives. Promoting institutional deliveries is yet another objective.
Health care professionals shall also counsel mothers during the early stages of breast-feeding. They shall also be tutored in terms of diet and rest, hygiene, contraception and new born care.
Child health is a strong focus of the MMU. Complete immunisation of all infants and children through vaccination is one clear emphasis. Administering Vitamin A prophylaxis per guidelines is a major responsibility of health professionals employed in the MMU. Prevention and control of diseases like malnutrition, acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, etc are other deliverables within child health.
Family planning services are yet another objective of the MMU. There will be counselling for spacing children and permanent contraception. The MMU shall distribute oral contraceptives and condoms. Adolescent care and counselling, treatment of minor ailments and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases are other services.
Last but not the least there are a comprehensive range of diagnostic services. Calculating haemoglobin count, blood grouping and conducting rapid tests to ascertain vector diseases are prime within the bouquet of diagnosis. Diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy tests, nutritional status assessments, screening for tuberculosis, breast and cervical cancer are other services. For all these tests, diagnostic facilities from government and private hospitals shall be leveraged.