10, 000 residents of Orok village district gain access to physiotherapeutic treatment
Djal, Kyrgyzstan – Opening of physiotherapeutic room took place at a rural Family Health Center (FHC) of Djal, Sokuluk district, Chui oblast. The room is designed for provision of services for rehabilitation of patients after cold or traumatic injuries and is equipped with modern rehabilitation equipment needed for conducting several kinds of procedures. The center was also provided with an electronic information system for management of clinical data about patients.
Orok village district consists of 7 villages with population over 10,000 people. About 50-60 people daily visit the Family Health Center, most of whom are women, children and elderly people. Almost 40% of them need physiotherapeutic treatment but due to the lack of necessary equipment they used to be referred to medical facilities in Bishkek or the district center located 36 km away from the villages.
“As winter is getting colder there are more patients coming with respiratory diseases and different traumas. To ensure better recovery these patients need to undergo physiotherapeutic procedures. Now that we have our own physio room equipped with modern equipment and all the necessary facilities, we can provide patients with physiotherapeutic procedures in place without having to send them to distant health facilities. Over the last three months since opening of the room we received more than 400 patients here” said Turdukan Kulambaeva, head of the Center.
The room will particularly benefit women with large families, elderly and lonely people, as well as low income families who can receive these medical services free of charge or on preferential basis.
Moreover, an automated information system has been introduced at the FHC, which will provide faster and easier access to data about patients. This system helps FHC to increase the efficiency and quality of medical service delivery.
According to Nazgul Ahmatjanova, a gynecologists at the Center, a unified database of patients significantly reduces the amount of reception time healthcare staff spend dealing with patients. “Especially it concerns check-ups of pregnant women, when a lot of information has to be collected and registered in their cards, including the results of various tests” she noted.
Both projects were initiated by local residents and implemented in partnership with local self-governance bodies. Part of the funds were allocated by the Social Justice Demonstration Fund of the EU-UN “Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice” project. The rest was provided from the budget of local self-governance bodies, which were spent for repair of the premise at FHC, procurement of physio equipment and supplies, as well as for training medical staff to operate the new equipment.
“Implementation of these initiatives was possible due to the partnership of the European Union and UN agencies, as well as the joint efforts of local residents and self-governance bodies. The results of this joint work had a positive impact on improving access of local people to quality medical services. I hope that this good governance practice will further be strengthened and become a key in achieving sustainable development of your community” noted Erkinbek Kasybekov, UNDP in Kyrgyzstan Assistant Resident Representative, during the opening ceremony.
Chinara Ryskulbekova, Communication Specialist, EU-UN “Operationalising Good Governance for Social Justice”, Tel: (0312) 694378 (119), firstname.lastname@example.org.