oa CSIR Science Scope - Improving healthcare for patients in rural areas : primary healthcare
The sick and elderly in remote rural areas experience severe constraints when they need medical attention. People who suffer from life-threatening and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension need to have their vital medical signs checked on a regular basis. Due to the long distances between dwellings and local clinics or other medical facilities, this seldom happens. Rural hospitals and clinics are also often poorly equipped and understaffed, which does not bode well for improved healthcare services for terminally ill patients.
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