Here is good news for rural people. From now, they don’t need to go to city for ultrasound scanning or other medical tests. They can do it in primary health centres (PHC) in villages.
Thanks to the initiative of Skanray, a medical equipment production company, which has tied up with the state government to help villagers get advanced facilities at PHCs.
The government has come out with a pilot project to provide total health care solutions to PHCs at a cost of `5 crore. Under the project, three PHCs have been selected, one each in Mandya, Mysore and Hubli or Mangalore. “They will get total health care solutions from Skanray. An MoU in this direction was signed between Skanray and the state government,” sources said.
Vishwaprasad Alva, managing director of Skanray, told Express that they will give state-of-the-art medical equipment to PHCs.
“We will supply medical equipment for X-ray, ultrasound scan and ECG and will help set up medical labs,” he said. Alva said patients go to hospitals in the district headquarters for X-ray, ultrasound scanning and ECG. “Now they can get it done in their villages. Of `5 crore, Skanray is giving `1 crore as part of its corporate social responsibility. It will be taken to all PHCs gradually,” he said.
“Once after the company provides equipment, the X-ray facility can be available at `75 as against the normal price of `300. Similarly, ultrasound scan can be availed for `50-`75 as against `450 and ECG for `25 as against `150. Besides providing technical services at affordable cost, the project will reduce burden on the district hospitals and prevent poor people from going to private hospitals,” he said.