On World Health Day, GNRC highlights contribution to Universal Health Coverage
GNRC’s affordability-enabling schemes’ contribution to universal health valued at INR 500 crore over four years; Affordable Health Mission was launched to sustain mission through collaborations
Guwahati, April 7, 2018: On the occasion of World Health Day, GNRC Hospitals reiterated its commitment towards achieving ‘Health For All’, as envisioned by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2015. The theme for this year’s World Health Day being Universal Health Coverage, Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah, Founder, GNRC Hospitals highlighted its importance in a developing country like India. He also revealed the economic and social impact of the various free and discounted schemes provided by GNRC Hospitals.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah, said: “World Health Day is observed to increase awareness among general public about the need to adopt preventive healthcare measures in order to stay fit and healthy. It is also a well known fact that healthy population is crucial for sustained economic growth of a country. Illness reduces efficiency of an individual and good health increases the productivity. Individuals must be made aware about the significance of adopting healthy lifestyle practices. While awareness about healthcare services is important, at the same time, access to healthcare services should also be provided.”
Highlighting statistics related to penetration of healthcare services, Dr. Borah pointed out that at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services. “In India, 70% of healthcare infrastructure is concentrated in the top 20 cities. Further, nearly 75 per cent of dispensaries, 60 per cent of hospitals and 80 per cent of doctors are located in urban areas. It is clear that most of the healthcare services are catering to people living in urban areas whereas those living in rural areas constitute 70% of the entire population. There is an obvious misbalance in the availability of healthcare services.”
Speaking about GNRC’s initiatives, Dr. Borah highlighted that to address the issue with respect to access to healthcare services in North East India, GNRC has launched various free and discounted schemes to benefit the people. Important tests like CT Scan, X-Ray, ECG and blood tests along 32 life-saving drugs are delivered free of cost under 24 hours Free Emergency Services, which was launched in July 2014. The estimated value of these services rendered to society by GNRC is over INR 500 crore, Dr. Borah revealed. “It is my privilege to highlight that GNRC was able to serve over 36,751 patients till date under the emergency scheme and over 14,000 patients were benefitted by the IP services. I would like to commend members of GNRC family for their commitment to serve the people. Through our Medi-Reach initiative, we have organised over 918 camps in remote areas. We have served 7,27,266 patients free of cost till now with our Medireach and Free OPD services at North Guwahati. Moreover, 14,006 patients have availed free ultrasound services, 36,751 patients
have availed free ECG and 29,778 patients have availed free X-Ray and 77,968 patients have availed free RBS test under GNRC Medireach and first 24 hours free emergency scheme. Our free transport scheme has helped 6,52,082 patients till date. Over 500 local health workers under Project Swasthya Mitra have been focussed towards spreading awareness in the community about hygiene, sanitation and healthy lifestyle practices to remain healthy and disease-free.”
Dr. Borah explained: “Each year, large number of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member. In such a scenario, providing healthcare services to all at affordable prices is essential to tackle the multiple problems which the country faces. This is why at GNRC, we launched the Affordable Health Mission in August 2017 to provide a platform for every individual to join us in the march towards, ‘Health for All, Smiles for All’.”
About GNRC Hospitals
GNRC was founded by Dr. Nomal Chandra Borah in 1985. It is the first super specialty healthcare centre in North East India and presently operates three hospitals offering over 500 beds. The British Standard Institute, London, has accredited the organization as ISO 14001:2008 compliant. GNRC Medical was chosen by the World Bank Group (WBG), through its India Development Marketplace (IDM) initiative, to receive a grant of US$150,000. GNRC Hospitals has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore General Hospital to facilitate productive exchange of information, knowledge and skill of the doctors, nurses, therapists and other ancillary services of the Hospital.
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