In order to extend healthcare services to residents of remote, rural areas, 85% of their health problems are treated free, at their doorstep, through a hospital-on-wheels – a concept GNRC has named ‘Medireach’. The vehicle is fitted with ECG, X-Ray, Ultrasonography, Lab and Pap Smear test facilities.
GNRC team (comprising Doctors, Nurse, Physiotherapists, and Community Health workers), visits target areas on a prefixed date and screens patients with positive symptomatology, providing free diagnosis, free prescription, advice and education to people about healthy living practices, and benefits of early intervention and preventive health care.
School Health Education
School Health Program is envisioned as the tool for inculcating health awareness and health seeking behavior amongst school children by educating them about healthy living practices, road safety, hygiene, sanitation, preventive and promotive healthcare. The program is instituted to ensure better educational outcomes, improved social equity and improved capabilities to manage the adult world. GNRC representative – also known as Swasthya Yatra counsellors – visit schools on prefixed dates and communicate about the importance of exercise, appropriate nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, preventive and promotive healthcare through edu-info-tainment activities such as illustrated story book reading, followed by on-spot impact assessment through letter writing and drawing competitions. The counselors communicate with teachers and parents, to positively reinforce messages. The school children are also invited to visit GNRC facilities, to inculcate in them interest in Medical Science, showcase innovations in medical technology and motivate more students to opt for various medical professions, which will address the acute shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in India, especially in East India.
Swasthya Mitra – Community Health Workers
Community health workers are chosen by GNRC through a rigorous selection process, followed by an intensive training. They are trained to provide basic health and medical care support to their nearby community. They are the frontline health workers who have necessary understanding of their community, to serve as intermediaries between doctors and the community, to facilitate ‘Health for All’. They are entrusted with the role of facilitating people access health care and inculcate in them health seeking behavior, by educating them about healthy living practices, road safety, hygiene, sanitation, preventive and promotive healthcare.
Regular interactive sessions are conducted for the family members of the indoor patients admitted to the hospital. The sessions are organised within the hospital premises, to create awareness about hygiene, sanitation, healthy living practices that prevent occurrence of diseases. The session also acts as a platform to respond to the queries about various health issues related to the attendees or their family members.
North East Association for Road Safety – An initiative by GNRC
Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) are a silent epidemic snuffing out lives, especially of the youth, in North East India daily. It is a situation that requires urgent attention and rectification, as the lives of the youngsters must be protected for the socio-economic well-being of society. Records show that RTA has emerged as the leading cause of death in 15-44 years age group, and is adversely affecting the North Eastern region’s socio-economic health. Six out of eight North Eastern states are categorized as high road accident death prone areas, according to the National Crime Bureau Report 2013. In 2013, 52.2% road accidents caused deaths in Nagaland, 50.4% in Assam, 47.6% in Manipur, 46.7% in Arunachal Pradesh, 40.8% in Mizoram and 37.7% in Tripura, surpassing the national average of 36.4%.
As conscionable members of society, we, at GNRC, aim to progress in the direction of our guiding principle – ‘Health for All and Smiles for All’ through a public service program, namely, the establishment of NEARS, under the overall umbrella of Swasthya Yatra. The program was launched on March 8, 2015 by honorable Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Assam, Dr. Nazrul Islam, who launched the North East Association for Road Safety (NEARS) at the first North East Road Safety Summit organized in Guwahati by GNRC, the first super-specialty hospital in North East India.
Build a society in which each individual is able to commute safely on the road – a society where fatality on roads is considered a rarest-of-rare event and not a commonplace occurrence.
Educate, equip and inspire the people to take actions to improve road safety. Save lives of road users and reduce crash-related injuries by assisting people especially the vulnerable road users and youth to understand and reduce road risks. NEARS intends to accomplish this mission through education, advocacy, actions – delivered and catalysed collaboratively – with the participations of members representing four Es – Engineering (e.g., highway design, traffic, maintenance, operations, planning); Enforcement (state and local law enforcement agencies); Education (e.g., schools, colleges, driving schools); and Emergency response (e.g., first responders, paramedics, doctors).