Tele health centre inaugurated by Chief Minister

Shillong, Oct 13: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated the Apollo Telehealth Centre under the Smart Village Movement in collaboration with Apollo Hospital at Rongjeng, East Garo Hills.

To address the critical healthcare challenges including accessibility, availability and affordability of basic healthcare services, the Government of Meghalaya, in collaboration with the Smart Village Movement, has engaged Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited has envisaged to setup Digital Dispensaries in five locations in the State, based on the need and disease burden identified.

Through technology enabled healthcare interventions, the Digital dispensaries program will provide access to healthcare services to the tribal and underserved population of Khasi and Garo Hills regions in five locations – Tyrsad – East Khasi District, Mawdngung – East Khasi District, Rongjeng – East Garo Hills District, Dadenggre – West Garo Hills District and Tura – West Garo Hills District.

Services offered at the Digital Dispensaries include Primary Tele Consultations, Specialty & Super Specialty Teleconsultations, Tele Laboratory Services, Screening for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Social Health Education.

The project has been designed to be a self-sustaining and pay-per-use model, with subsidized/nominal rates being charged from the patients for the services provided at the digital dispensaries.