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Inter-connecting village health-care centres

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) The Government today said that as part of application of space technology for societal development, ISRO has taken up Tele-medicine initiative, linking health centres and hospitals in remote and rural areas to specialist medical facilities available in urban areas.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that currently 148 rural/district hospitals, including 5 mobile medical units are connected to 34 speciality medical centres.

He said that in Orissa, currently, three Medical College Hospitals at Cuttack, Bulla and Behrampur have been provided with tele-medicine facilities.

Further, installation of Tele-medicine systems is in progress in five district hospitals of Kalahandi, Koraput, Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Kurda.

Tele-medicine facilities are planned to be extended to 37 village clusters in 15 districts of Orissa under the Village Resource Centre programme, Mr Chavan said.

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