Friday, August 13, 2010

ECHS needs to be tailored to reduce agony of Veterans

Interview on Doordarshan
Dear Brigadier Sir,
I could not keep awake till 2230 hrs so I missed the first telecast on DD News. I did view the repeat telecast yesterday. The question whether to send my views was hovering in mind till now. I have decided to e mail this to you.
There is nothing new that came out in interview. We the veterans were aware of burning problem like OROP. We are also aware about the history of ECHS.
In my opinion such interview should also include question from the viewer specially on ECHS because MD ECHS is not fully aware of the difficulties being faced by the veterans specially above age of 75 in getting specialised treatment.
Even after seven years in existence ECHS has a long way to go
Avtar Singh

Dear brigadier,
I really appreciate your efforts.
I am totally dissatisfied with ECHS facilities in Mumbai.
I stay in Distt Raigad for approx 20 days in a month. The nearest ECHS polyclinic is in Nerul. It is about 100 km from my place. Considering timings, facilities, shortage of medicines etc, I visited it once and never went again.

I stay with family for approx 10 days in a month in mumbai at Andheri west. From there I have to go to INS Aswani. About 40 kms- 2 hours drive, long ques etc. I am on medicines for BP. They give only one months medicines. The medicines cost roughly Rs 700 per month. I need to spend 6-8 hours and about Rs 200 worth of petrol. Its so impractical. I end up in buying medicines from the market and collect from Aswani only when I happen to be in Colaba, once in a few months.
I wonder if something can be done. I was amazed to see the wonderful facilities available in NOIDA. Maybe because of proximity to Army HQ and a large No of senior officers staying there.
Looking forward to some better facilities available at Mumbai.

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