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Vayomithran 's Mobile Palliative Care Unit in Kerala, India 2011.

JULY 15, 2011

INDIA: 'Vayomithram' has served over 850 senior citizens (article extract)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Kerala / The New Indian Express / July 15, 2011

"Around 850 senior citizens in the Corporation limits have thus far availed of the services of the mobile clinic operated under the aegis of ‘Vayomithram’, a joint venture of Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). One more mobile unit will be pressed into service soon, officials said".

"Vayomithram’ is an extensive programme that provides necessary amenities to senior citizens, including palliative care for the invalids, 24-hour help desk, service of counsellors at the help desk, information regarding hospital, police and ambulance through a telephone number, registration to facilitate services for the elderly other than the ambulance service. The Mobile Palliative Care Unit is manned by a doctor and a nurse. The services of the unit can be availed of through the 24-hour help desk. The mobile unit is equipped to conduct various tests, including blood tests and checking blood pressure".

"As part of the 100-days action plan of the government, the plan is proposed to be extended to all district headquarters before July 30".

source : Seniors World Chronicle

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