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A quick health check for the busy Bangalorean

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Quick check: A person getting checked at ‘Tele-Health Check’ in Bangalore.
Quick check: A person getting checked at ‘Tele-Health Check’ in Bangalore.

Sahana Charan

Free checks have been conducted for 150 policemen

The foundation works through diagnostic services

Bangalore: Imagine waiting for long hours at a diagnostic centre to check whether you are fit or have already fallen prey to the monsters of high blood pressure, high sugar levels and obesity. Busy Bangaloreans, who do not have much time to spare because of their work, would find it cumbersome to voluntarily go for a preventive health check-up unless, of course, they have symptoms of a medical problem.

But then again imagine you are taking your routine morning walk and you can just get your vitals checked up in not more than fifteen minutes. Well, this is the concept being promoted by Asha Medical Foundation, a non-profit organisation, through their “Tele-Health Check” (THC) programme.

“Most people are leading such fast-paced lives with high stress levels, poor eating habits, exposure to heavy pollution and a sedentary lifestyle that they are prone to lifestyle ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac problems, obesity and so on. Moreover, they do not have the time to visit a diagnostic centre. The solution is a health check that is quick and does not require travel,” said Priya Srinivas, nutritionist and vice-president of the foundation.

Portable kit

This is how it works – THC is conducted with a portable kit, which includes an ECG monitor, monitors and devices for checking blood pressure, blood glucose levels, a pulse oximeter to test pulse and oxygen levels in the blood and a spirometer to check the functioning of lungs. The wireless monitors are attached to a hand-held PDA device, thus allowing acquisition and transmission of data from the patient to our medical centre through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS).

“We have a team of specialists who take the kits to wherever the patients are and examine them. The reports with comments of doctors are sent to the people in 12 hours through email or on a CD,” Ms. Srinivas added.

The foundation, which was started by Katharin Zimpel Vangal to help people with neurological problems, has a unique way of working through their diagnostic services and health check up packages and targeting people working in corporate houses in particular. They also raise funds to support their main activities – the rehabilitation of autistic children and early intervention for children with developmental problems.

It has already conducted free Tele Health Checks for 150 police personnel attached to police stations in Bangalore South and around 300 people visiting parks in J.P. Nagar, Jayanagar and Banashankari.

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