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9 lakh patients have benefited from telemedicine services in U’khand: Dhan Singh Rawat

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Dehradun, 3 Feb: Health Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat claimed, today, that the state government is making constant and serious efforts to ensure that every person in Uttarakhand gets access to health and medical facilities. He said it was with this aim that the telemedicine system was introduced in the state and it is proving to be a boon for the people of Uttarakhand, in particular for the people living in remote hill areas of the state.

Dhan Singh reminded that, till now, more than nine lakh people had taken advantage of the telemedicine service across the state. Now, four medical colleges of the state including AIIMS Rishikesh have also been included in this scheme. As a result, people would be able to take advantage of the services of specialist doctors of medical colleges through the telemedicine scheme. He added that Uttarakhand ranked second in the country in terms of providing tele-consultations per lakh of the state population.

Reiterating that the telemedicine scheme in Uttarakhand is proving to be very useful for the people, the Health Minister added that under this scheme, people of remote and hill areas of the state are being given free consultation and treatment by expert doctors through e-Sanjeevani. Now, four government medical colleges of the state including AIIMS Rishikesh, Doon Medical College, Srinagar Medical College, Haldwani Medical College and Almora Medical College have also been added, so that patients could consult through telemedicine with the specialist doctors including ENT, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Neurology Specialist, Paediatrics , Orthopaedics , Gynecology Psychiatry, Cardiology, Dermatology and Surgery of various kinds.

Rawat said that consultation through telemedicine has been provided to more than nine lakh people from the year 2020 till now. While, in the year 2022, telemedicine services have been made available to a record more than 4 lakh people. Telemedicine service was given to over 43 thousand patients in Almora district, 23 thousand in Bageshwar, over 38 thousand in Chamoli, over 24 thousand in Champawat, over 34 thousand in Dehradun, over 61 thousand in Haridwar, over 36 thousand in Nainital. over 32 thousand in Pauri Garhwal, over 23 thousand in Pithoragarh, more than 30 thousand in Rudraprayag, more than 24 thousand in Tehri Garhwal,  more than 39 thousand in Udham Singh Nagar and more than 47 thousand patients in Uttarkashi.

Rawat said that the average teleconsultation time in the state is 2 minutes, while the average waiting time is just 8 minutes, which is much better than other states of the country. He said that, from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any person of the state could avail this service through e-Sanjeevani app, wellness centres and toll free number 104.

He claimed that the health needs of the common people are being taken care of by the government by further strengthening the health services in the state through various schemes funded by the Union and State governments.