Better Life aims to provide affordable last-mile healthcare in remote Assam

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Working on her dream to provide quality healthcare services to the last-mile, gynecologist Sayantani Bhattacharjee, who earlier worked with some of the top medical institutes in East and Northeast India, left her job and became an entrepreneur to start a medical facility at a remote location in Udalguri district of Assam.

Bhattacharjee has set up ‘Better Life Medical Centre’ at Paneri in Udalguri district of Assam with an aim to provide last-mile healthcare facilities to the underprivileged sections of the society.

Addressing media persons at the Gauhati Press Club in Guwahati on April 20, Bhattacharjee informed that the centre at Paneri is the flagship unit of her startup ‘Better Life – Healthcare at the Last Mile’.

“We inaugurated ‘Better Life Medical Centre’ on February 14 this year at Paneri, which is one of the biggest tea garden corridors in lower Assam and is inhabited by a large population of tea tribes and other communities. Better Life Medical Centre comprises of a multi-specialty family clinic, diagnostic centre and a pharmacy,” said Sayantani Bhattacharjee, founder & CEO at Better Life – Healthcare at the Last Mile.

The centre provides various services including: doctor consultation, pathology, ultrasound, ECG, health checks, pharmacy, nebulization, injection services, oxygen, treatment room, vaccination, dietitian, physiotherapy, IUD insertion, family planning & contraception services, diabetes & hypertension management, antenatal check-up among other services at cheap affordable rates.

It also provides weekly eye OPD along with provision of spectacles. The centre facilitates home collection of blood samples to ease logistics issues for patients. Recently it introduced Udalguri’s first-ever Well Woman Health Check-up package, Well Man Health Check-up package and Complete Diabetic Healthcare Package. It introduced Special Fetal Anomaly scan for pregnant women which is also the first-ever such initiative in Udalguri.

The medical centre has services of radiologist, eye specialist, physiotherapist, dietitian, child specialist, besides general physician.

Dr Sayantani Bhattacharjee addressing media persons at the Gauhati Press Club in Guwahati on April 20 about Better Life Medical Centre
Dr Sayantani Bhattacharjee addressing media persons at the Gauhati Press Club in Guwahati on April 20 about Better Life Medical Centre

In near future, the healthcare centre aims to provide kids health check package, launch Better Life Foods which aims to provide nutritional supplements to cater to nutritional disorders among people of all ages. Also, it will offer counseling services for senior citizens and a Medishop which will be bigger and better version of the existing pharmacy.

Aims to ‘Better Life’ across Northeast India

Bhattacharjee is a gynecologist and holds an MBA degree in healthcare management. She has a rich cross-functional experience of 17 years of working with various kinds of healthcare organizations, both at the grassroot and corporate levels. She has been in top leadership positions in various corporate hospitals in West Bengal and Assam.

Funded partly by bootstrap funds and a bank loan, Sayantani Bhattacharjee aims to extend the services at the centre besides opening up other centres in the Northeast region. She is extremely passionate about last mile healthcare and truly believes that small, innovative efforts can create a phenomenal impact in this sector.

“Being in this field for so long, I realized that the people living in the rural areas still do not have quality healthcare facilities. Through ‘Better Life – Healthcare at the Last Mile’, I want to serve the underprivileged rural population, especially in the current times when healthcare is overwhelmed. We should understand that small efforts can lead to big impacts,” she said.

“Better Life envisions to provide affordable, accessible, convenient, sustainable and quality-driven primary healthcare services to all, at the last mile. In this endeavor, we are working to establish a chain of multi-facility, primary health care clinics, that are committed to deliver affordable preventive and curative services to all, in last mile areas across the Northeast,” she added.

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