Telangana now has a Diagnostics Central Hub to provide free diagnostic tests to the poor and needy patients and make healthcare more affordable to people. Inaugurating the hub on the campus of the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) at Narayanaguda on Saturday, IT Minister KT Rama Rao said the State government, which had already launched 40 dialysis centers across the State, had come up with the Telangana Diagnostics Central Hub to provide better medical facilities for the needy. He said that diagnostics involved huge costs and was a burden on poor and middle-class people. Keeping this aspect in view, the Health department has introduced the hub for offering much needed clinical tests at zero cost, he said. Rao said the hub would give a major boost to both the health sector and patients as well and would soon have a CT scan facility. The State government would soon extend such type of diagnostic hubs to all districts in a phased manner, he said.
Sea change in health sector
There are 17 Basti Dawakhanas in the city with plans on the anvil to have such clinics for every 10,000 people in the city, Rao said, adding that in a span of four years, the State had witnessed a sea change in the health sector with government taking it up as a responsibility to create faith among people in State-run hospitals. Stating that the health sector had achieved another milestone with the diagnostic hub, Health Minister C Laxma Reddy said earlier, patients were reluctant to approach government hospitals. “However, with the intervention of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and the various initiatives of the government, people have begun to repose their faith in government hospitals,” he said. The services of the Telangana Diagnostics Central Hub would be extended to Basti Dawakhanas, he added.
There is one district hospital, five area hospitals, eight community health centers and more than 120 Urban Primary Health Centers in the city limits. Eight vehicles bring samples for testing from these hospitals and health centers to the Central Hub. In addition, the eight CHCs act as a mini hub providing ultra sound, x-ray and ECG services apart from acting as collection points for the UPHCs. The diagnostic tests will be done free of cost for patients who visit these government health facilities. The 24-hour center has advanced equipment and can conduct 200 to 1000 tests per hour.
Wide range of tests
The following tests will be done at the Central Hub:
Clinical pathology: Complete blood picture, complete urine examination, stool for occult blood and others.
Microbiology-serology: Rapid plasma reagin test, chikungunya, dengue tests and others.
Clinical biochemistry: Blood urea, creatinine clearance, blood sugar test, thyroid and lipid profile, HbA1c and others. – Telangana Today