The BBMP is all ready to set up virtual multispecialty clinics in 27 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the city.
Story so far: As a part of the BBMP’s Smart City Project initiative, they are looking to digitise healthcare for the urban poor to better accessibility. The 27 virtual clinics will have 20 specialised doctors. This is supposed to reduce the burden on community hospitals.
- The team of doctors will provide free consultations from the Clinical Control Command Centre for people with lower incomes.
- The 27 PHCs will be equipped with digital stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, glucometers, fundus cameras, Snellen vision charts, ECG facilities, etc.
Why it matters: Right now, it is difficult for people from the economically weaker sections to get proper diagnoses. Most simply end up treating symptoms instead of looking into root causes.
- Patients will no longer have to wait in massive queues, and the clinics will have all the equipment needed to provide a proper diagnosis.