HYDERABAD: A first-of-its-kind health survey to map number of people having Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) would be taken up by Telangana government throughout the state. ASHA workers would go from door-to-door with digital devices to check blood pressure and glucose levels of people.
Those who are detected with high blood pressure and diabetes will be checked again by Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANMs) at Sub-Health Centres and it will be further confirmed by doctors at Primary Health Centres (PHC).
State Health minister Dr C Laxma Reddy stated in Nirmal district on Sunday that the survey will help know requirements in all parts of the state and arrangements will be made accordingly. For instance, medicines will be sent according to requirement. Those who are detected with hypertension or diabetes will be given free medication for three-months. If need be, the patients will be referred to district hospital or tertiary hospital for specialised care.
According to District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS)-4 conducted by gathering information from 13,927 households, 12,432 married women and from 587 health facilities in the state, it was stated in the survey report that 20 per cent had above normal Hypertension ( above 140/90), 6 per-cent had moderately high blood pressure ( above 160/100).
ASHA workers to screen people throughout state to check for high BP and diabetes
The Non-Communicable Diseases health survey will be launched after training the ASHA workers in using the digital devices used in survey