The MoU between NRHM and SEARCH was signed in December 2011 and the actual field work was initiated in February 2012. The Mobile Medical Unit functions to provide free of cost quality healthcare to a tribal population of about 12,500 residing in 48 villages spread across the Dhanora Taluka of Gadchiroli. It covers 2 villages per day and provides diagnostic and curative services not only for commonly occurring ailments like a cough and cold but also to NCD’s like hypertension, diabetes mellitus and mental health disorders.
The ProblemAlthough SEARCH had a well-established healthcare infrastructure at the village level by means of the Community Health Workers and the Supervisors, the increasing burden of diseases especially the Non – Communicable (NCD) ones like Hypertension and Diabetes required specialised care by a physician. The increase in the prevalence of NCD’s coupled with the lack of supporting public health infrastructure warranted the need of a specialised clinic within the people’s reach. NRHM provided just the right mechanism to do so via the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).
Current ActivitiesIn addition to its routine clinical visits at the village level, the MMU carries out certain health-related activities as a whole while it is also a part of various field activities in collaboration with different departments of SEARCH. Enlisted are our major activities -
- Tribal Malaria Elimination Programme
- Hypertension Control Programme in adults above 40 years of age
- Anemia Reduction Programme in Reproductive age group females
- Ashramshala Health Improvement Programme for 5 tribal dormitory schools
- Oral Health Screening and Diagnosis Programme
- Youth Sickle Cell Testing and Counselling Programme
- Medical Check Up Camps during Annual Tribal Youth Sports Meet
- Health Education Activities for Behavioral Change Communication
StatisticsThough the numbers themselves are not an outcome indicator, they serve as a good output indicator for the work of the MMU –
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Dr. Suraj mhaske is a MBBS graduate, working as the Team Leader and Medical Officer with the Mobile Medical Unit since the last 6 months. He looks after the overall functioning of the MMU and is also responsible for its administration and management. Jitendra Shahare is working as a Pharmacist with the Mobile Medical Unit since 2012. He is well versed in Gondi, the language of the tribals in Gadchiroli, and thus is an efficient communicator. Avinash Badan works as laboratory technician with MMU. Swati Meshram is working as an ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) for the past 3 years. She is most versatile with her roles and plays a nurse, a pharmacist, and a lab technician as required. Shubhangi Meshram is working as an ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) for the past 3 years as well and like her sister Swati, she can also switch roles as required. Purushottam Jengthe is working as the driver of the Dispensary Vehicle over the past 3 years. His efficiency in communication plays a vital role in the implementation of the Health Education activities of the MMU. Vinod Alam working as the driver of the Support Vehicle over the past 3 years, carries out patient registration and is responsible for case paper record keeping.