The Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand Sukhbir Singh Sandhu has said telemedicine service is an important scheme to save the lives of the people residing in the mountainous areas of the state because it is very difficult for the patients to reach a hospital equipped with facilities on time. He was presiding over a review meeting on the Telemedicine service at the state secretariat here on Wednesday.
In the meeting, the CS directed the officers of health department and district administrations of all the districts to provide better connectivity and set up required infrastructural facilities for the telemedicine service in the State. He directed the secretary, health to set up a dedicated team for the service and said that at least three IT experts should be deployed to ensure better connectivity. He said that an effective plan should be made in the districts based on the feedback of the doctors and IT experts so that the hindrances in smooth execution of the service are removed. On a terse note, Sandhu told the director general (DG) of health services to ensure that all doctors deployed in telemedicine service prescribe generic medicines only. The CS highlighted the need for better training of the staff deployed for the service and opined that an effective implementation of telemedicine service would help in preventing migration from mountainous areas of the state.
The meeting was attended by secretary, health, Amit Negi, additional secretary Sonika and senior officers of the state health services. The district magistrates and other district level officers also attended the meeting via video conferencing.