D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

KHAMMAM: Health workers and volunteers - even those working in remote locations – will soon be using mobile phones. Over one lakh mobile phones will be provided to them, thanks to the special initiative for improving the health service delivery system in the rural areas.

The entire focus of the Government is on the health work force and improvement of its performance.

What really matters now is the quality of service being delivered by the system, said the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sambhani Chandrasekhar, on Wednesday.

Basic tool

He said all the 55,400 women health volunteers in the State will be given mobile phones. Some 20,000 health volunteers proposed to be recruited newly will also get mobile phones along with 13,000 ANMs.

In addition to them, 8,000 community health workers serving the tribal communities will also be equipped with the mobile phones.

The mobile phones will not only help ensure quick response for emergency cases, but also facilitate timely reporting on the outbreak of diseases and spread of epidemics. The Minister informed that another healthcare institute called Health Management Research Institute (HMRI) under public private participation with the Satyam Foundation will be launched. The HMRI has started a health information help line through a toll free number – “104”.