TRIAGE ON THE MOVE
What is Triage on the Move (ToM)?
Lack of resources, unaffordable medical expenses, and distance to healthcare providers deter the poor from seeking help for common ailments and preventable diseases. Medical professionals find treating patients in villages economically unrewarding. At many places, there are no standardized medical protocols for treating common ailments. Add to this the problem of an acute shortage of trained health professionals.
The coronavirus pandemic has brutally exposed existing inequalities among rural and urban India. The rural healthcare system is not adequate or prepared to contain COVID-19 transmission, because of the shortage of doctors, hospital beds, and equipment. The pandemic creates a special challenge due to the paucity of testing services, weak surveillance system and above all poor medical care. ToM has the potential to greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 in rural villages, slums and migrant communities. It can educate people, track its spread and issue health alerts to authorities.