1 ECHO clinic running across Liver Disease, Hepatitis C
With the Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis-C Relief Fund (MMPHCRF) scheme, Punjab became the first state to provide free treatment of Hepatitis-C to all residents of Punjab. 22 District Hospitals and 3 Government Medical Colleges have been identified for decentralization of Hepatitis-C care; ~250 medical specialists will be trained on treatment from these facilities. The medical and paramedical personnel of these hospitals have been sensitized by the experts at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh for diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis-C using the ECHO modelTM.
INASL, an early adopter of the ECHO model in India has entered an agreement with Project ECHO, as an expression of its commitment, to disseminate knowledge of hepatobiliary diseases to healthcare providers and the healthcare community.
Launched in June 2016, PB-INASL ECHO in association with Government of Punjab aims to curb the growing cognizance of the Hepatitis-C burden in the state. The PB-INASL teleECHO clinic, facilitated by Department of Hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, has enabled doctors in district hospitals to diagnose and treat Hepatitis-C in their own community. Patients no longer must travel long distances and come to PGI or other tertiary care hospitals and now have proper treatment and care available in their districts.
The PB-INASL teleECHO clinic augments the state’s current Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis-C Refief Fund, a public health program administered by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and provides fortnightly/ monthly best practice protocols, comprehensive case review of difficult patient cases and management of all active Hepatitis-C cases in the state.
The Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis-C Relief Fund has successfully enrolled over 20,000 patients in the last six months.