Healthcare on Wheels for Urban Poor Starts Rolling at Bhubaneswar

The State Government on Tuesday launched Urban Mobile Health Unit (MHU) service to take healthcare delivery systems.

Published: 16th December 2015 06:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2015 06:26 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Tuesday launched Urban Mobile Health Unit (MHU) service to take healthcare delivery systems to the doorsteps of people living in slums and other vulnerable sections in the Capital City.

The service, a vital component of Urban Health Mission, was inaugurated by Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak here.

The mobile units managed by a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and health workers would cover slum areas and vulnerable pockets to provide preventive and curative healthcare services to people.

Each van would have a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist and a health worker. It would be equipped with basic diagnostic lab for conducting tests on the spot. The medical personnel would not only offer consultation and treatment to the suffering people but also screen the population in slum areas for diseases.

Medicines would be provided free to people and those detected with serious illness will be shifted to hospitals by ambulances.

Each van would visit different areas and hold camps for  22 days in a month. The target population includes slum dwellers living beyond two km distance from a PHC, migrant and floating population and people residing in night shelters. The consultation timings would be from morning till afternoon.

The service will be managed by NGOs. After Bhubaneswar, the MHUs will be launched in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur soon.

Healthy Move

  •  Each van would have a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist and a health worker
  •  It would be equipped with basic diagnostic lab for conducting tests on the spot
  •  Each van would visit different areas and hold camps for 22 days a month
  •  The MHUs will be launched in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur soon
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