The Odisha government will open 102 digital dispensaries in 23 districts to improve healthcare in remote areas.
In the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at State Secretariat today afternoon, the State’s Health and Family Welfare Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kolkata-based Glocal Healthcare Systems (P) Ltd. for 23 districts to operate and manage 102 digital dispensaries.
I’m excited to expand this approach to 102 dispensaries across 23 districts. “This will bring primary health services to the doorsteps of people in difficult-to-reach areas of the State, helping us fulfil our vision of a healthy and happy Odisha,” the CM added.
Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur, and Sundargarh will get digital dispensaries, according to an official statement.
The digital dispensary facilities will provide free primary care to patients by providing virtual medical consultations, basic laboratory tests, and medicine distribution.
The dispensaries have a pharmacy that dispenses generic medicine and regular tests for urine, blood, haemoglobin, blood sugar, malaria, dengue, BP, ECG, sPO2, and pregnancy. Under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, these services are free.
Glocal Healthcare Systems (P) Ltd. performed the pilot phase in 25 Nabarangpur and five Keonjhar sites. The announcement said over one lakh patients had used these digital dispensaries.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena, Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy, Health Department Secretary, and others attended.