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Hospital on Wheels Now in Hojai Sub DivisionBY: maruf alom | Category: Health | Submitted: 2012-04-25 08:38:33
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Assam sanctioned one mobile medical unit (MMU) exclusively for Hojai sub division under the administrative control of Jugijan BPHC. The MMU is formally flagged off by Dr. A.K Dey, minister irrigation and soil conservation, government of Assam on Sunday 22nd April 2012 after addressing a public meeting at Hojai FRU. "MMU is a new initiative of government to bring health care to the doorstep of unnerved rural people of Hojai sub division" said Mr. Dey in his speech. He further said MMU is constituted with 3 movable vehicles, equipped with all basic modern diagnostics facilities which will be a mile stone in reducing maternal and child deaths of the sub division. In his welcome speech Dr. D.K Buragohain Joint Director of Health Services Nagaon informed that under MMU a medical team consists of 2 Medical Officers, 1 Radiographer, 2 Nurses, 1 Laboratory Technician, 1 Pharmacist, 2 Helpers and 3 drivers already appointed will conduct at least 22 medical camps in a month to the far flung areas of the sub division. It is also mentioned that the new launched MMU will carry out services like Curative Care, Reproductive and Child Health Services, Family Planning Services, Diagnostic, specialized facilities and services, emergency services and care in times of any disaster. Especial provision for creating mass awareness in disease prevalent areas about health and hygiene, proper nutrition and counselling on Family Planning, RTI/STI etc are made added Joint Director of health.
Circle officer Hojai B.B. Bhagawati , ACS, SDM and HO Jugijan BPHC Dr. Rajib Sarmah, District Media Expert NRHM Maruf Alom, District Programme Manager Karuna Brahma, chairman Hojai Municipal Board, Zila Parisad members, doctors and paramedic staff of the sub division attended the launching programme.
The MMU will cover three Block Primary Centres namely Jugijan, Lanka and Kathiatoli of Nagaon district. The appointment of MMU staff already made by NRHM directorate. MMU was initially launched in the year 2007 November round the state but that were for district specific only.
Access to health care and equitable distribution of health services are the fundamental requirements for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the goals set under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched by the Government of India in April 2005. Many areas in the Hojai Sub division, most of which are minority dominated areas, lack basic health care infrastructure limiting access to health services at present. This non-accessibility to health services is pushing them low in terms of the basic health indicators. Sometimes the services in the nearest health intuitions are either inadequate or are qualitatively very poor in nature and delivery. Considering the facts the concept of MMU introduced under NRHM said Dr. Buragohian to the reporter.
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