Dehradun gets its first centre dedicated to the elderly

Dehradun has got its first dedicated ward for elderly patients under the central government’s National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly. The ward is divided into two parts, one for men and the other for women, with five beds each in both sections. The ward has been designed keeping in mind the needs of elderly patients.

The geriatric unit is for patients over 60 years of age. It has medical equipment like oxygenation machines and compressors as well as anti-skid floors to prevent injuries due to slipping.

Earlier, the facility of separate beds for senior citizens was started at hospitals in Haridwar, Almora and Nainital in 2010. Later, it was extended to districts like Champawat, Tehri and Udham Singh Nagar. The remaining districts are yet to launch specialised wards for the elderly.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the NPHCE in 2010 under the 11th five year plan to offer affordable and accessible quality health services for senior citizens of India. According to geriatric experts, the program will provide promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in an integrated manner for the elderly in various government health facilities.

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