Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has decided to widen the scope of Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme (CMUSHS) to provide relief to the urban population living in slums. Mobile medical unit with a doctor will be stationed in these urban slums in which facility of free-of-cost 42 types of screening tests and medicines will be made available. It has been announced to start the CMUSHS in all 169 urban bodies.
CMUSHS was being implemented successfully in all the 14 municipal corporations of the state since November 2020. Keeping in view the benefits of this scheme, Chief Minister has decided to implement the same in all the cities of the state. This decision will prove to be even more effective in view of the corona epidemic, because people will no longer have to go to the hospital to visit doctor, said health officials.
The scheme is proving beneficial for people of the weaker section of society. People avoid shutting their businesses and waiting in queues to meet doctor for minor ailments, in this case Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme started in Chhattisgarh, keeping in view the needs of the people and for their convenience, is now fulfilling these objectives and goals.
Currently, the implementation of the scheme is being done under the chairmanship of the District Collector concerned through 60 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in 14 urban bodies of the state. After the announcement of the Chief Minister, an additional 60 MMUs will be included under this scheme taking the total tally of MMUs to 120. In this way, the scheme will be operated through 120 MMUs in 169 urban bodies of the state. A target has been set to start the scheme in other selected cities by February 21, 2022.
As per data received from department, over 20928 health camps have been organized under the scheme so far through mobile medical units. About 14.64 lakh patients have become healthy after getting their treatment in these camps. A qualified MBBS doctor is appointed in these MMUs. A total of 42 types of medical tests are done free of cost in MMU‘s laboratory. Over 2.75 lakh patients have been benefited from the free laboratory so far.
A total of 285 types of medicines are available for free distribution in MMU. Over 12.19 lakh patients have been benefitted through free medicine distribution so far. Medicines are being given to the patients by the pharmacist on the basis of doctor’s prescription.
Under the Chief Minister’s Urban Slum Health Scheme, the entire process of examination of patients in MMU has been computerized including the work of registration of patients and prescription of doctors. Audits are conducted by senior specialist doctors to avoid any mistake in the procedure and ensuring maximum benefit to the patients.
With the expansion of this scheme, about 2880 camps will be organized every month through 120 MMUs in 169 cities of the state. Besides, quality treatment of about 1.80 lakh patients will be possible. The process of selection of service providers has already been completed by the government in all the districts and works has also been started to develop hospital-like facilities for setting up MMUs in buses.