The BMC has gone ahead with a proposal which is sure to help many older adults in Mumbai. The proposal which was put forth to the BMC standing committee by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator, Dr Saeeda Khan.
The aim of this initiative is to make it easier for bed-ridden patients to undergo blood test, X-ray test and other minor test. Which they cannot do due to physical limitations or frailty. Even if they call upon a private doctor for a home visit, many of them cannot afford the expensive fees.
Because of this many elderly people do not go for the necessary tests, although their general physician has advised them to do it.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator from L ward (Kurla), said, “Many a times, senior citizens or bedridden patients are not able to visit the civic-hospitals due to advanced age or pre-existing health conditions. To make this easier for them, the BMC has approved a proposal which will help make it convenient for them to access medical services.”
Dr Khan further said, “This will be carried out through the ‘Aapli Chikitsa Yogana’ through this scheme, doctors and nurse working in BMC dispensaries, peripheral hospitals and maternity homes in the person’s locality will visit the homes of senior citizens and conduct the required tests. The reports of this test will be sent to doctors online, who can recommend further course of treatment to the patients.”
Dr Khan added, “This scheme will be free of cost. But, it is strictly for those senior citizens who cannot physically access healthcare, due to health conditions, advanced age or frailty.”