Hyderabad: Awareness about the medical field among the people, particularly the rural folk, and easy access to medical infrastructure have been two major takeaways from the various initiatives launched by the Telangana government to tackle the menace of Covid-19 in the State.
The recent launch of 19 Telangana Diagnostic Centres across the State, in fact, is being seen as a game-changer in rural health management. From travelling long distances for the simplest of diagnostic tests in the past that also made a large hole in their pockets, villagers now just have to visit the local Primary Health Centre where their samples will be collected, sent to the district diagnostic centre and the results delivered within 24 hours. And all this comes to them without spending a penny!
These first-of-its-kind high-end diagnostic hubs, soon to be increased to 35, are working round-the-clock and are conducting 57 different types of diagnostic tests. Dr K Ramya, medical officer at Soan Primary Health Centre believes that this particular initiative of the government may have just saved hundreds of lives. “Diabetics, alcoholics and people suffering from other diseases, who never underwent a single diagnostic test in their lives and considered themselves healthy, are now making a beeline at PHCs and centres to undergo medical examinations, and this has led to the identification of various diseases in the early stages,” she said, adding: “Simply put, their lives have been saved.”
Some of these diagnostic centres that were inaugurated on June 9 have been functioning for the past few months as they were into live ‘dry runs’ as in the case of Sangareddy, Mulugu and Mahabubabad. Among the diagnostic tests conducted in these centres are diabetic profile, thyroid profile, liver function test, renal function test, lipid profile, complete blood picture, C-Reactive Protein (C-RP) test, Rapid Plasma Reagin, Rheumatoid factor, Chikungunya, Dengue NS1, IgM, IgG, among others.
Most of the district diagnostic centres have reported about 500 to 600 tests being carried out daily, and these include biochemistry, pathology and microbiology tests. Besides, patients visiting the diagnostic centre in the district hospitals, samples are also collected from district UHCs, PHCs, CHCs and Area Hospitals and sent to the centre. The State government will soon introduce X-Ray, Ultrasound and CT-Scan facilities in centres where these facilities are not available.
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