Voice of Maharashtra

Launch of ‘Steamy’ project on Heart Day


Nagpur dt. 29: Mortality due to reduced blood supply to the heart is high in the state. With this in mind, the STEME (ST Elevation in Myocardial Infarction) project will be implemented. Through this project, patients who have suffered a heart attack are treated in the Golden Hour and given life. The project was inaugurated on the occasion of Heart Disease Day at Sub-District Hospital, Kamathi. Health Minister Rajesh Tope inaugurated the virtual event from Mumbai
 Commissioner Health Services and Campaign Director Ramaswamy N, Director Health Dr. Sadhana Tayde, Co-Director Dr. Surgeon Dr. Padmaja Jorgewar. Dr. Devendra Paturkar, District Health Officer Deepak Selokar, Dr. Nayana Dhumale was present.
Three to four per cent of people in rural areas and eight to ten per cent in urban areas suffer from heart disease. Therefore, it was observed that the death rate was high. To prevent this condition, the goal of reducing mortality by medication in the golden hour after a heart attack will be through the ‘Steamy’ project.
The Stemi project will be implemented in the first phase in 10 districts - Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Akola, Nashik, Thane, Ratnagiri, Solapur and Wardha.
The 'Spoke' and 'Hub' models will be used in this project. Spoke includes the sub-district and district hospitals, which provide intensive care units and emergency cardiac services. Such hospitals include. These include sub-district hospitals at Kamathi, Ramtek and rural hospitals at Bhivapur, Hingana, Katol, Kuhi, Narkhed, Parshivani, Umred.
An ECG device will be installed there. There will be an ECG technician. When the patient arrives at this place, his ECG will be taken and it will be sent to the experts through cloud connectivity with the help of information technology. Medication will be guided by a specialist within ten minutes.
The ‘Spoke’ is used to check whether the patient has had a heart attack by ECG. A stroke patient will be given thrombolysis immediately. The patient will then be referred to the hub for further treatment.
The hub includes a large number of government and private hospitals with cardiologists and cardiac surgeries. Therefore, angiography, angioplasty and bypass surgeries are performed. These include medical colleges, private hospitals participating under the Mahatma Jotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. The district includes Shuar Tech, Asha Hospital Kamathi and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital Sitabardi.
According to the District Surgeon, 1375 patients underwent ECG from June 2021 to date. So 4 patients underwent angioplasty in the hub
Health Minister Tope expressed confidence that the 'Steamy' project would provide immediate treatment to patients suffering from heart attacks in the state and thus help in preventing deaths due to the disease.