Senior citizens to get healthcare services at home: Gujarat government

Source: Daily News & Analysis

The state government on Wednesday rolled out a pilot project which would allow senior citizens to avail healthcare services without leaving their homes. The project would be implemented in areas falling under the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation initially, and expanded to other parts of the state depending on the project’s success.

Giving details about the project, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel told reporters that it would be extended to senior citizens aged 70 years and above. They would be required to produce identity proof, and residence and age certificate to enroll for the project.

“The senior citizens would be required to register themselves at the Gandhinagar civil hospital by paying a token annual fee of Rs 1,000. Once they are registered, doctors, staff, nurses, and attendants will visit their homes every 15 days and check on their health,” Patel said.

The Deputy CM, who also heads the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, said that the need for the project was felt keeping in mind a growing population of senior citizens living alone due to higher life expectancy, migration of youngsters for education or work, among other reasons.

Patel further said that in case the need arose, health teams would also visit the registered senior citizens to provide treatment and to collect samples for diagnosis. “A token charge of Rs 200 would be collected for such visits,” he said.

The medical teams would be equipped with blood pressure machine, ECG machine, inhaler, weighing scale, and some medicines usually required by senior citizens. They would also be given a card or booklet, which would contain details of observations made by the visiting doctors.

HOW TO AVAIL IT

  • The service would be extended to senior citizens aged 70 years and above. They would be required to produce identity proof, and residence and age certificate to enroll for the project.
  • The senior citizens will have to register themselves at the Gandhinagar civil hosp by paying a token annual fee of Rs 1,000.

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