On the occasion of 86th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’ in keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India, Ayushman Bharat and Mission Indradhanush’. The app is conceived by the doctors of IAF and developed in house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) with ZERO financial outlay.
‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, Scientific and authentic health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India. The app is available on www.apps.mgov.gov.in and comprises of host of features like information on basic First Aid, Health topics and Nutritional Facts; reminders for timely Medical Review, Vaccination and utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links.
‘MedWatch’ is the first mobile health app in the three Armed Services and was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, on Air Force Day,’ at New Delhi on 08 Oct 18. The app was also displayed and showcased to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India at Air House in the evening.
The MedWatch mobile health app is an Indian Air Force initiative and a small contribution to our citizen.
Ayushman Bharat Yojana or National Health Protection Scheme is a program which aims to provide a service to create a healthy, capable and content new India. It has two goals, one, creating a network of health and wellness infrastructure across the nation to deliver comprehensive primary healthcare services, and another is to provide insurance cover to at least 40 per cent of India’s population which is majorly deprived of secondary and tertiary care services. Indu Bhushan appointed as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Dr Dinesh Arora appointed as deputy ceo of Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
Mission Indradhanush (MI) is one of the flagship schemes of Government of India that aims at achieving full immunization coverage (FIC) of 90% by December’18 through focus on unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women in pockets of low immunization coverage, high-risk and hard-to-reach areas.
A total of five phases of Mission Indradhanush have been completed between April 2015 and February 2018 covering 537 districts. It has also been included as one of the schemes under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) and Extended GSA during April 2018 to September 2018 covering 16,850 and 48,929 villages (in 117 aspirational districts) respectively. Till 5th October 2018, a total of 334.48 lakh children and 86.04 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated through these drives. A survey conducted in 190 districts/urban areas covered in Intensified Mission Indradhanush (5th phase of MI) have shown an average increase of 18.5% points in Full Immunisation Coverage as compared to NFHS-4.