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By Ishan Kukreti

In a move much appreciated by the locals, a one of its kind medical unit, Mohalla Clinic is up and running in Piragarhi Relief Camp. The camp did not have any medical facility before this.

“Earlier we had to go to Paschim Vihar for any medical problem. It is easy for us now,” said Surendra Kohli, a TB patients and a resident of the camp.

Mohalla Clinic is a peripheral health care unit which is aimed at providing better medical facility to the weaker sections. The clinic at Pira Garhi is part of a bigger project where 500 such units will be installed in various economically weak regions of Delhi.

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“This is a first of its kind demonstrative unit. We will run this and understand the problems. Then these problems will be ironed out and 500 such Mohalla Clinics will be set up in Delhi this year. ” Project manager PWD, Ashok Rajdev told NewsGram.

The Mohalla Clinic right now has a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist and a technician. The registration process is completely digital and is done through a ‘Swasthya Slate’.

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M0halla Clinic’s ‘Swasthya Slate’

 

A lot of people have been visiting the clinic since it became operational last week, with 72 patients in the just the first 2 hours of its opening. Although the work load on staff is a lot, their positive and hard working attitude is inspiring.

“Yes, we are a small group, but we have to make this project successful. That’s our challenge and we will do it” Bhavna, who is the pharmacist of the clinic said.

 

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Bhavna takes her job as a challenge where she has to prove herself.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain officially inspected the Mohalla Clinic today and made suggestions to improve the facility. He pointed towards the need to have facilities like drinking water dispenser, a token vending machine for the proper management of patients and provision for blood testing.

The people of the camp are undoubtedly very happy. A resident of the area, Manjit Kaur, while talking to NewsGram said that previous governments have not done anything for the area and AAP’s initiative is very noble and thoughtful. However, at the same time, she pointed out the problems due to the absence of proper roads and PDS store in the area.

“We have ration cards but there is no government outlet here. Even the roads get water logged during the rains and give rise to mosquitoes and Malaria,”  she said.

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  • Jagdish Kumar Bhutani

    The aim should be manage more than 80 percent of common diseases which have an insignificant or self-limiting course .
    Another thing which must be added to this is a HEALTH EDUCATOR who can teach the fundamentals of basic hygiene, nutrition and first aids.

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Depression Can Negatively Impact Heart Patients

In another study, the team found that heart attack patients diagnosed with depression were 54 percent more likely to be hospitalised

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Depression, even when undiagnosed, can have many negative effects on patients with cardiovascular diseases, including poor healthcare experiences and higher health costs, say researchers.

The study found that people at high risk of depression were more than five times more likely to have a poor self-perceived health status and almost four times more likely to be dissatisfied with their healthcare.

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Patients at high risk of depression had notably worse healthcare-related quality of life. They spent more on overall and out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures yearly.

They were more than two times more likely to be hospitalised and have an increased use of the emergency room, said the researchers while presenting the results at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2018 in Virginia.

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“This could be because people at high risk for depression simply haven’t been diagnosed and treated for depression yet,” said Victor Okunrintemi, a research student at Baptist Health South Florida, a US-based non-profit.

In another study, the team found that heart attack patients diagnosed with depression were 54 per cent more likely to be hospitalised and 43 per cent more likely to have emergency room visits, compared to those not diagnosed with depression.

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“Depression and heart attack often coexist, which has been associated with worse health experiences for these patients,” Okunrintemi said. About one-fifth of cardiovascular disease patients suffer from depression. “While we don’t know which comes first — depression or cardiovascular disease — the consensus is that depression is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease,” Okunrintemi said.

It means that “if you have cardiovascular disease, there is a higher likelihood that you could also have depression, when compared with the risk in the general population”, he added. IANS