Innovation in Urban Healthcare: Health Kiosks
Urban Health was emerging new priority in the healthcare sector in India owing to unprecedented migration of people to urban areas and the rapid growth of urban population increasing the vulnerability of urban poor, and lack of infrastructure for primary care. New health challenges of non-communicable diseases, vector-borne disease, malnutrition and unhygienic conditions in water-borne diseases in slum areas made it essential for governments to ensure preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services in urban slums. Yet, densely populated slums left no space to create health facilities. To address the challenge, Government of Punjab had set up Health Kiosks (HKs). HKs ensured limited medical services to slum dwellers and the poor population at their doorstep.