As told by Dr (Col) C S Pant to Arjun Bisht
Dr. (Col.) C S Pant, VSM,
Uttaranchal Mobile Hospital & Research Centre
The Uttaranchal Mobile Hospital & Research Centre is the brain child of Dr.(Col.) CS Pant, VSM (Retd.), an eminent Radiologist and Past President, Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IARI). It Is a joint project between the Government of Uttarakhand and TIFAC (Department of Science & Technology, Government of India ). As Project Director, he has been responsible for conceiving, implementing and supervising this unique healthcare model. It was launched by the Hon’ble President of Indiain October 2002 at Almora. It is being implemented by the Birla Institute of Scientific Research Bhimtal ( Kumaon Region) and has recently ( April 2007 ) been launched in Garhwal region which is being implemented by HIHT, Dehradun.
First of its kind in the country wherein modern diagnostics (state-of-the-art X-Ray, Ultrasound, Pathology Lab with auto analyzer and ECG ) and curative healthcare are being provided to poor and needy people at their doorstep in remote, under-served and inaccessible areas of Uttarakhand. This has not only benefited directly the poor and vulnerable people of Uttarakhand but has also ushered in an innovative technology, rigorous processes and a unique public-private partnership to reach people in other regions and is being widely replicated across the country.
Every month, 15 camps are conducted at a fixed place and date, irrespective of Sundays and holidays. The routes have been clearly mapped out and all locations and times are known in advance to the population. From October 2002 till June 2007, a total of 858 camps have been organised with 86,560 patients having received treatment – 53% belong to below poverty line who are offered both diagnostic and treatment facilities free of cost and 60% are women who have no access to any kind of treatment. To overcome issues of absenteeism and poor accountability often seen in the sector, Dr. (Col.) C S Pant has introduced strong supervision and monitoring processes to ensure quality and timely services. An example of this is that there has been a 98% up time of the mobile medical van and its sophisticated equipment even under extremely difficult conditions, to ensure minimum inconvenience to poor needy people who travel along distance to avail these facilities.
The project was evaluated by USAID, which clearly states the usefulness and the positive impact made by this model. The project was also evaluated as a case study by Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Based on their evaluation report, this model has been mentioned as a concept note in the 11 th Five Year Plan for public private partnership in health sector. Under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), State initiatives and World Bank Projects, this model has been widely considered for replication across the country. The strength of the model is manifest in the fact that Government of India has approved a total of 491 similar units for the entire country under NRHM.
A special reference was made to this project by the Hon’ble President of India in his Independence Day Speech in 2006 and his Republic Day Speech in2007. Dr.(Col.) CS Pant has received several awards, authored many papers and addressed numerous international and national conferences. He has also authored a book ‘Atlas of Breast Imaging 2002′ ,the first and only book on Breast Imaging authored by an Indian in the subcontinent.