AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF UKHFWS
The development objective of the Uttarakhand Health Systems Development Project for India’s to improve access to quality health services.Particularly in the hilly districts of the state, and to expand health financial risk protection for the residents of Uttarakhand
The project will have Innovations in the delivery of health care services, This component will expand access to services by creating integrated, technology-enabled health system architecture with enhanced focus and availability of primary care, emergency care, and necessary referral services
Uttarakhand state healthcare environment provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the adoption
The objective is setting up of a telemedicine system following the Hub and Spoke Model for Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Uttarakhand (GoUK) to ensure quality health care delivery to people in Uttarakhand, separated by geographical, economical and information gap distances by adopting virtual means of connection/communication in real time. Focus is to set up 4 Medical Colleges (“HUB”) along with 400 Health Centers, (“Spokes”) for provision of Telemedicine facility in the state of Uttarakhand also ensure provision of telemedicine services under telemedicine interventions as per the “Telemedicine Practice Guidelines” of the Government of India,
To ensure the goal and objective of health to provide additional gains in terms of promoting the role of telemedicine-services, and, contributing in enhancing the support of Registered Medical practitioner (RMP) at health facilities through knowledge gain via handholding by Senior / specialist. i.e. Hub at Medical Colleges. The Model will help spread new knowledge from experts at facilities or academic institutions to local community practitioners across various sectors, in the remotest part of the State.
The Telemedicine programs supported by basic and widely available teleconferencing technology. During the sessions, primary care clinicians from multiple sites present patient cases to the specialist teams and to each other. Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many countries including India to go into a full or partial lockdown, moving knowledge without moving people became more critical than ever before. Acknowledging the novel challenges posed by the novel coronavirus, telemedicine solutions will have decided to pivot its operations by directing a large proportion of its focus and resources towards tackling this immediate public health crisis.
Uttarakhand came into existence on the 9th of November 2000 and constituted the 27th state of the Republic of India. The state has been carved out from the erstwhile state of Uttar Pradesh by combining the hill districts of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun, Pauri Garhwal, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Champawat and Nainital with the districts of Udham Singh Nagar in the Terai region and Haridwar in the foothills. Blessed with the enchanting beauty of nature and for historical and mythological reasons the state has its own uniqueness. About 63 percent of the area is covered by forests and is rich with numerous species of trees and herbs. About 93 percent of the area is hilly, and the remaining 7 percent is covered by plains. Nature has endowed this land with so much beauty and spiritual bliss that it is also known as “Dev Bhoomi” – the Abode of Gods.
From the administrative point of view the state comprises of 13 districts, 49 tehsils, 95 blocks, and 16,414 villages. The state has 86 cities/towns of which only five are major cities with a population of more than 100,000.
As per the 2001 census, the population of Uttaranchal is 8.5 million with a population density of 159 persons per square kilometers. The districts in the plain areas are densely populated in comparison with hilly areas. Four densely populated districts account for more than half of the state’s population. The population size of districts varies from a minimum of 200,000 to a maximum of 1.4 million. The decadal growth rate of the state between 1991-2001 was 19.2 percent with substantial inter district variations.
Uttaranchal is predominantly rural with about 74 percent of the population living in 16,414 rural settlements. Of the total villages, more than four-fifths are small villages with population less than 500 persons. Another 10 percent have population sizes ranging between 500 – 999 persons and the remaining 6 percent are villages with over 1,000 populations. Small-sized, scattered villages without road connectivity pose a major challenge to health service delivery. Hill districts are at a disadvantage compared with districts in the plain areas.
As per the 2001 census, Uttaranchal has a sex ratio of 964 females per 1,000 males. The sex ratio among districts ranged from a minimum of 868 to a maximum of 1,147 females per 1,000 males. Females outnumbered males in five districts according to the 1991 census and this has increased to eight districts in 2001. The hilly regions have a higher female population compared with the plains. While the sex ratio for the state as a whole is 964, the sex ratio for the juvenile population (0-6 years) is 906.
The Scheduled Castes (SCs) constitute 17 percent of the population and the proportion of the Scheduled Tribes (STs) population is insignificant (3 percent)
The literacy rate in Uttaranchal is among the highest in the country. About 73 percent of the population in the state is literate and the literacy rate is better in the hill districts than in the plains. Eighty-four percent of males are literate compared with 60 percent of females. There are substantial differences in male and female literacy rates.
In sum, the hill districts of Uttaranchal, although sparsely populated and with a large number of small scattered villages, are better off than the plain districts in terms of the sex ratio and literacy in general.
There are 13 districts in Uttarakhand which are grouped into two divisions— Kumaun and Garhwal.
The Kumaun division includes six and Garhwal division includes seven districts. Details of the division-wise numbers of districts in the State are presented in the matrix ahead
|Kumaun Division||Garhwal Division|
|Udham Singh Nagar||Pauri Garhwal|
|State has 13 districts in total in both the Garhwal and Kumaun Region|
Out of the 13 districts of the State, 3 are plain districts and the remaining 10 are hill districts. Geographically the state can broadly be divided into three zones, namely.
- Upper hills—Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar
- Middle hills —Tehri-Garhwal, Garhwal, Almora, and Champawat, the hill regions of Nainital and Chakrata tehsil of Dehradun
- Foothills —The remaining area of Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and the remaining area of Nainital
Our Mission & Vision
To reimagine the care experience by leading the transformation of virtual specialty care and build lasting clinical partnerships that deliver excellence, service, and sustainability for Uttarakhand Population.