The Kanpur PHC, which is being upgraded with infrastructure to diagnose kidney disease in the population of the surrounding villages under Badamba and Narsinghpur blocks, will soon be equipped with teleconferencing facilities.
The district administration has moved to link the Kanpur PHC with the Nephrology Department of the SCB Medical College and Hospital to facilitate real-time consultations with the expert nephrologists and urologists of the SCB for provisioning appropriate treatment to the patient. The teleconferencing setup would be established by OCAC and the proposal has been sent to the Government.
"The objective is to provide treatment to the patients at their doorsteps, thereby sparing them the hassles of coming to Cuttack for treatment. The teleconference would complement the ongoing door-to-door screening of people of the region for kidney diseases.
It would also make possible constant evaluation of the patients while sparing the SCBMCH the trouble of having to admit all the patients in its limited setup", Collector Girish S N said.
While the population screening is being undertaken by Anganwadi, ASHA workers and NGOs in the area, Kanpur PHC will soon be equipped with an autoanalyser machine to diagnose kidney diseases.
Only those patients who require dialysis would be brought to Cuttack and those requiring treatment and medications only will be handled by the doctors of the PHC under direct guidance of the experts of SCBMCH.
More than 25 villages in the two blocks of the district are affected by unexplained kidney diseases. With virtually every household having a member suffering from the disease, as many as 275 people have already been diagnosed and brought to SCBMCH for treatment.
The administration has also submitted a proposal to the Government for setting up a dialysis unit at the PHC.
Though there is a serious dearth of nephrologists and urologists in the State, the existing specialists can be trained in performing dialysis and running the unit.