Arogya Foundation of India & Ekal Abhiyan, Odisha

Piple Sahoo, beneficiary from Sanda village, Odisha

Piple Sahoo, 65 years hails from Sanda village in Odisha. She lives with her mother and son. Her son is the sole earner who is an autorickshaw driver. Piple was suffering from acute back pain for 2 years. She visited local quacks in the village for immediate treatment, Piple had to buy medications prescribed by the doctor which was very expensive. Despite the treatment and expensive medications, she did not find any improvement in her back pain.
Intelehealth along with AFI and Ekal Abhiyan launched a telemedicine program that was operating in the villages of Odisha since 2017. Piple learned about our program through word of mouth and decided to visit the nearest Telemedicine centre in her village for further treatment. Piple approached one of the Sanyojika at the Chikitsa Sahayta Kendra and Piple was briefed about telemedicine solutions.
The Sanyojika recorded Piple’s symptoms and pre-existing medical conditions, her case was further reviewed by a remote doctor and on examining her case the doctor prescribed medications at an affordable cost. Sanyojika further provided counseling to ensure treatment adherence.
Piple Sahoo “I thank the local authorities for introducing telemedicine in our village at a very low cost, this is a very useful initiative for poor people like us. It has been a month now that I was treated at the CSK clinic and there is a lot of improvement in my back pain”

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