HCL Foundation Adds 10 Health & Wellness Telemedicine Centers in Uttar Pradesh
Noida: HCL Foundation virtually launched 10 telemedicine cum institutional delivery facilities at Health & Wellness centers in eight blocks of Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh today. This initiative is part of HCL Samuday, an ambitious program of HCL Foundation working towards creating a scalable and replicable development model for rural India. The centers will provide cost-effective and quality healthcare services to the rural community; offering teleconsultation from qualified and experienced doctors from various specialties, from across the country; and will reduce travel time of patients to avail medical consultation. The initiative will cover nearly 60-70 gram panchayats with a population of close to 2,00,000 inhabitants.
The new centers are aligned with the existing government-provisioned Health & Wellness centers (primary healthcare centers). These are set-up in addition to the three existing centers which were introduced by Samuday in Kacchauna and Kothawan blocks in 2019. Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Chairperson, HCL CSR Board Committee virtually inaugurated the 10 centers in the presence of Mr. Alok Varma, Project Director of HCL Foundation.
During the virtual event, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Chairperson, HCL CSR Board Committee said: “Telehealth services have tremendous potential in our country where healthcare facilities are heavily concentrated in urban cities while the majority (67%) of the population resides in rural areas. In a pandemic-affected world, technology-enabled services including telehealth have become more relevant than ever. Given this, I am happy to virtually inaugurate the 10 new telemedicine centres that will help bring access to quality medial consulation services to the villages.”
Alok Varma, Project Director of HCL Foundation, added: “HCL Samuday has been providing telemedicine facilities to the rural community in Hardoi since 2019. Due to the rising demand for tele-health services during COVID, we have expanded our program to eight new blocks of Hardoi. We have partnered with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Neurosynaptic Communications for their support in making this a reality. This initiative has the potential to benefit over 1 lakh people annually.”
The new telemedicine centers will operate six days a week, with services availbale from from 9 am to 4 pm. The free services provided at the centers include initial investigation, consultation with a medical officer through video conferencing, diagnostic tests and report/data generation, real-time data sharing with doctors, authorized prescription by doctors, medicine dispensation and explanation of medicines along with precautionary measures.
The eight blocks where this facility will be extended includes Ahirori, Bharawan, Bilgram, Madhoganj, Mallawan, Sursa, Sandilla and Tadiyawan.