The Maharashtra government has opened 151 health and wellness centres across 19 districts.
Importance will be given to non-communicable disease (NCD), and child and mother healthcare, according to the state’s medical authority.
There has been a rise in cases of non-communicable diseases like diabetics, hypertension, depression, obesity etc. from the State’s rural parts. They also stated that India comprises 68 percent non-communicable disease, according to the state government.
“Looking at the data, on an average more than Rs 25,000 are spent per family on health and treatment,” said Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare.
“It is an expensive affair for economically backward class families. Less than 15 per cent of the rural population uses public health facilities,” Dr Vyas added.
“To provide facilities that are pocket friendly, around 13 medical facilities related to ENT, dental, mental, geriatric, communicable, non-communicable, ophthalmology, emergency and trauma, child and maternal health will be included at health centres,” he said.
Soon doctors and other staff members along with paramedical doctors and ASHA workers will be posted at these centres to provide treatment to citizens.
As a pilot, it has been started in 19 districts of Maharashtra including Nanded, Gadchiroli, Nandurbar, Palgar, Akola, Wardha, Nashik, Latur, Amravati and Satara.
“The staffers have been given six months medical training. Soon, around 1,200 sub-health centres will initiated too,” said a member from the health department.