Smile Foundation, has partnered with District Health Department, Government of Haryana and SBI Cards and Payment Services Limited to establish 10 E – Arogya Clinics as part of telemedicine kiosks with Medicine Vending Machine (MVM).
These 10 e-health clinics will serve a population of about 10 lakh located in eight primary health centers in four blocks of Nuh district of Haryana.
Keeping in view the need for a holistic approach to improve the community health in Nuh, Smile Foundation with the help of SBI card and payment services is providing services of general and specialist doctors, free drug distribution, and screening for non-communicable diseases at E-Arogya Clinics established in Health and Wellness Centers in Nuh.
This initiative will help in capacity building of frontline workers by conducting necessary training in consultation with District Health Administration. E–Arogya clinics create electronic patient records and keep records on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.
The project was started in the district after providing 24/7 backup power through the installation of the solar power system.
During the inauguration, Dr. Sarvjeet, Senior Medical Officer and Nodal officer PCPNDT representing the civil surgeon office acknowledged Smile foundation and SBI Cards and said, “E- Arogya clinic is an initiative that will benefit the rural community with both availability of doctors for consultations and free medicine distribution based on prescription. Such initiatives can be scaled up at the district level and it’ll strengthen the healthcare initiatives of Govt. under Ayushman Bharat. Organisations like Smile foundation and the CSR initiative of SBI Cards must continue to collaborate with the Government to scale up the E-Arogya clinics. The way Smile Foundation is implementing and facilitating the work is commendable. They are doing great work and should also focus on improving the health of women and children through immunization and community behaviour change activities to transform the health status of Nuh.”
Commenting on the partnership, Vikram Singh Verma, Executive Director, Smile Foundation said, “We look forward to running this initiative successfully in partnership with the District Health Department, Government of Haryana and SBI Cards & Payments Services. This project will help strengthen the healthcare system in the state and drive accessibility and affordability through the E-Arogya Clinics. We believe that by addressing healthcare issues among communities, we can pave the way for overall social and economic development.”
“Telehealth is an important aspect of the newly constituted National Digital Health Mission launched by the honorable Prime Minister of India. We are happy to partner with a leading NGO like Smile Foundation to support change in community healthcare systems through technology-led interventions. Through this project we aim to support the National Health Policy in its aim of attainment of optimum health and well-being for all,” said CSR Representatives of SBI Cards and Payments Services Limited.
Through 34 operational projects, the Smile Foundation has taken healthcare to 541,835 people in 478 remote villages and slums.