Raipur: The Kondagaon district administration has started an innovative initiative “Physiotherapy Tumcho Duar” with an objective of providing physiotherapy services, modern and quality health facilities to the general public. Kondagaon is the first district of the state to do so.
In this campaign started under guidance of district collector Pushpendra Kumar Meena door to door physiotherapy treatment is being provided for paralysis, joint pain, balance problem, tremors, staggering, inability to move, breathing problem (asthma), tingling or numbness in any part of the body, stiffness of the neck and Parkinson to the elderly and people in need.
For this campaign, a special vehicle for physiotherapy was purchased from DMF item on the instructions of District Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr TR Kunwar. Following this, instructions were given to district hospital physiotherapist Dr Padmanath Baghel to provide physiotherapy services to people residing in remote areas. Meanwhile, the campaign was launched by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel by flagging off the vehicle of 'Physiotherapy Tumcho Duar' in the general meeting organized at Kongera in January this year.
Physiotherapist Dr Padmanath Baghel informed that Kondagaon is the only district in the state where physiotherapy services are being provided door-to-door for the elderly. It was tough to execute the plan during corona pandemic. Initially, due to lack of knowledge about physiotherapy among the villagers, the vehicle was treated as a vaccination or corona testing vehicle. There were misconceptions among people while undergoing treatment in physiotherapy even by modern machines. To debunk the myths and misconceptions, villagers were made aware by the health workers and a live demonstration of physiotherapy was performed in front of the villagers.
Repeated treatment is required in the interval of few days in physiotherapy. In such a situation, it is not possible to get treatment simultaneously in more villages, therefore, in collaboration with district program officer Sonal Dhruv, a roaster was prepared in accordance with the identified patients with special emphasis on areas with more need. Initially, camps are being organized in five villages Madanar, Bhandarseoni, Devkhargaon, Garavandi and Aonwari. 23 such camps have been organized so far. Apart from this, special camps were also organized for the people with disabilities in Farasgaon, Baderajpur, Kondagaon and Makdi and distribution of assistive devices was done. Nearly 651 patients have been treated in these camps so far, he said.