Nurses –connecting Dot In Rural Health Care

August 21, 2017 Pallavi Madhukar


India is a growing economy and agglomeration of its advanced resources in urban areas is alienating rural population which accounts for 70 percent of the total population of India.

Gramin Healthcare is an organization that is focused on delivering affordable and accessible healthcare services to the deserving underserved section of the nation.

We have presence in 6 major states of India and have total 69 kiosks that are manned by our nurses.These nurses are the connecting points of rural India as they are the channel through which we are facilitating the underserved millions.

Nearly three-fourth of India’s population lives in rural areas. For a large segment of this population, especially those living in far-flung areas, consulting a qualified physician is a remote possibility.

Nurses help us meet this commitment as they are skilled, supports the cause of providing health care services and understand the eco- system of villages.  

This is how our nurses are contributing in serving underserved rural areas-

1- Nurses are skilled in assessment and management of common and chronic illnesses

 like malaria, and typhoid or conditions like diabetes or hypertension and use of standard protocols help significantly in ensuring the quality of care and minimizing chances of error. In addition, the primary healthcare nurse is well-versed in communication techniques and have effective social interactions, so that ensure greater community participation.

In our experience nurses are well aware of the socioeconomic build of the particular village and when they are stationed in kiosks, their close association with social fibre help Gramin Healthcare in reaching to this segment and cater to the primary healthcare needs.

2. By supporting the nurses to provide primary health care through with the use of technology for point-of-care diagnostics and teleconsultation can enable them to provide high-quality health care. Availability of smartphone helps them transmit pictures or videos to the physicians for advice on pat.ients’ diagnosis or treatment. Having a physician for telephonic consultation and regular training helps the nurses discuss the cases as well as maintain a professional affiliation. Responsive and alert referral systems can help transfer sick patients to higher facilities without wasting time.

So in order to connect to this segment of millions, the service providers like Gramin Healthcare empower nurses with the aid of technology to bring change in existing primary healthcare ecosystem of rural India.