HEALTH AND NUTRITION
ASHRAYA - PATIENT FACILITATION CENTER (PFC) FOR MALKANGIRI DISTRICT
Malkangiri is situated in the remostest corner of the state. For tertiary health care services the people depend mostly on Visakhapatnam which is nearer. The state government has also tagged to institutes i.e Seven Hills Hospital, Care & Appollo Hospital to the state under OSTF. But poor tribal patient suffered a lot for accommodation of attendants & getting access to the Health facility due to linguistic barrier, low acquaintance with the system etc. Hence a Facilitation centre with accommodation for attendants was truly needed to solve the problem. It was decided to start the project immediately under state fund and priority was fixed for the poor tribal of Malkangiri.
Poor patients in need of tertiary healthcare services like Accident, Trauma care, Cancer management, Cardiac surgery, Neurosurgery, Nephrology etc. who are referred from DDH, Malkangiri to Visakhpatnam are being received at PFC, Visakhpatnam where the patient and two of his attendants are provided with free lodging, boarding. One Facilitator or Ashraya manager is placed at PFC, Visakhpatnam who is well conversant with multiple languages viz. Odiya, Koya, Bengali and Telugu. He liaisons between the hospital authorities and the patient’s family for regular follow up.