Karnataka Telemedicine project expanded to all districts

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Bangalore, Apr 4 (UNI) With a view to reaching out the benefits of space technology to common people, the Karnataka Government and ISRO today launched the second phase of telemedicine project to cover the entire state.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair said the facility was already available in 300 hospitals, including 40 super-speciality hospitals in 12 districts and it was being expanded today to the remaining 16 districts.

The telemedicine project, using the ISRO launched satellites, doctors in remote corners of the country were interacting with experts using satellite links to treat their patients suffering from serious ailments.

''We have reached the remotest areas in the country, including the Nicobar islands. Now some hospitals have launched mobile systems in which fully equipped vehicles would go to remote areas and treat the patients using satellite technology. These mobile systems should be promoted to cater to rural India,'' he said.

Karnataka Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao said telemedicine had helped the State Government to take healthcare to the doorstep of poor people.

It should now be expanded throughout the country and even in SAARC nations so that poor people get benefitted from the space technology, he said.

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