Revealing insights: A comprehensive secondary analysis of RBSK and MMU vehicle distance data across districts of Tamil Nadu from April to September 2023"


Abstract INTRODUCTION : This study scrutinizes the operational dynamics of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in providing healthcare services to children and people in Indian districts. The aim is to enhance services, optimize resource allocation, and inform policy development. RBSK, launched in 2013, focuses on early detection and intervention for children's health, while MMUs extend healthcare services to underserved areas. MATERIALS AND METHODS : Data from RBSK and MMU GPS dashboards, collected over a six-month period (April 2023 to September 2023), were analyzed. The study assessed vehicle distance coverage, identified factors influencing it, and compared RBSK and MMU performance. RESULTS : RBSK demonstrated steady growth in distance coverage, increasing from 527,360.1 Km in April to 863,959.4 Km in September 2023. MMU coverage also expanded from 121,722.4 Km to 345,884.9 Km during the same period. Variations were observed across districts, with local conditions and patient demand influencing performance. CONCLUSION : This study provides valuable insights into RBSK and MMU services' operational dynamics, highlighting positive developments and areas needing improvement. It recommends investigating inactivity and operational issues, understanding district-specific factors, addressing data anomalies, monitoring service performance, enhancing reporting mechanisms, and engaging stakeholders. The findings offer a basis for decision-making and resource allocation to enhance healthcare services in the studied districts. KEYWORDS : RBSK, MMU, child healthcare, distance coverage, resource allocation

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