by The Welthi Bureau | 17th Dec, 2018
OGH has partnered with a city-based non-governmental organization, Helping Hand Foundation to launch a first of its kind bedside assistance program for inpatients mostly Sr Citizens & patients without attainders.
The Services will be provided by Arogya Dhoots trained in basic Home Care and bedside care under Mission for the elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) by the Department of Municipal Administration, TS.
20 Arogya Dhoots out of the batch of 40 have now and deployed at Osmania General Hospital (14), MNJ Cancer Hospital (2) and Govt Maternity Hospital (4), Petlaburj by Helping Hand Foundation for the bedside assistance program. With 70 to 80% of the inpatients hailing from weaker sections and mostly daily wagers, bedside assistance always remained a challenge more so for elderly men and women in state-run hospitals.
Further, most daily wagers find it challenging to attend to their family member admitted in the hospital on one hand and to make a living on the other – The bedside care program launched by Helping Hand Foundation at OGH is turning out to a boon for such patients and particularly for senior citizens who need bedside care.
The Arogya Dhoots are now providing the myriad range of services to patients in IP wards right from feeding, bed making, face washing, Nail Care, Scalp & Hair Care, Body Bathing, wound cleaning and dressing etc. Diapers, Nighties, Shirts, walkers and other necessary items are being provided by HHF to needy patients on a regular basis at OGH.
Arogya Dhoots are also lending support in three areas namely, the Minor OT where daily 60 – 75 patients are treated for wounds, injuries, cellulitis, gangrene foot, and ulcers and other post-surgical wards in OGH where the patients need to be provided bedside care.
Unknown and abandoned cases with maggot wounds and injuries will also be attended by the Arogya Dhoots.
As apart of Cancer Care in MNJ Cancer Hospital, Arogya Dhoots are working with patients in a post-surgery ward where they need daily dressing to the affected area, such patients are cleaned, dressed every day before the doctors come for daily rounding in the morning.
OGH Superintendent, Dr. B. Nagender, said that such personalized care for especially elderly patients is being provided for the first time in history and said it is a gratifying experience for the hospital, patients and the caregivers.
Since the program launch earlier this month, we are attending to 20 - 25 patients without attendees per day and such personalized care is akin to what the matured health care systems like the NHS of UK and others provide to their senior citizens and we are sure with the support of the government this program can be scaled up further said Mr. Mujtaba Hasan Askari, of Helping Hand Foundation.
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