The Deen Dayal Mobile Health Clinics, also known as Deen Dayal Chalit Aspatal, are special healthcare facilities that make health infrastructure accessible in the remote areas of Madhya Pradesh. The programme is funded primarily by the government and targets the disadvantaged population of the rural areas.
The mobile health units have been available in Madhya Pradesh since 1988 when the programme was called Jeewan Jyoti Yojana. The programme was mostly operational in the tribal regions of Hat Bazaar. The same scheme was then relaunched in the year 2006 under the name Deen Dayal Mobile Health Clinic.
The operation of the mobile health units required a lot of maintenance, management, and abundant human resources. Therefore, in order to seek help, the state suggested that the National Rural Health Mission carry out the programme on a public-private model. The proposal was approved and private providers who are interested can participate in a bid to provide services under the programme.
Objective of Deen Dayal Mobile Health Clinic:
The objective of the scheme initiated by the state government of Madhya Pradesh is to make quality healthcare available to the needy sections of the rural regions of the state. By providing quality health services, the health of women and children will improve - which will eventually lower the Maternal Mortality Ratio and Infant Mortality Rate. The state plans to do so by improving sanitation, child health, hygiene, water resources; preventing diseases - communicable as well as non-communicable; and promoting overall healthy lifestyles.
Features of Deen Dayal Mobile Health Clinic:
The Deen Dayal Mobile Health Units are stationed at various rural regions of the state and come with the Global Positioning System (GPS). The features of the mobile units are:
- Each mobile facility has a doctor, a nurse, a provisional driver, a pharmacist, and a lab attendant.
- The mobile unit not only offers free consultation but also free medicines available in the mobile unit.
- Early detection tests are conducted for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- Immunisation is conducted in the vans.
- Treatments are provided for regular pediatric diseases, respiratory infections, pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases, diarrhoea, etc.
- Family planning services are also provided.
- Contraceptives are distributed by the mobile clinics.
- Institutional deliveries are promoted by the professionals of the clinics.
- Patient referrals are made.
Earlier, around 39 mobile medical units were present in the state. Gradually, 10 new units were added in 5 districts. In total, 100 personnel were employed for the programme. The primary source of funding is the government and private providers can join the initiative by participating in a bid.